2012 Château Mouton Rothschild

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac

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  • Ecbatana wrote: 88 points

    October 17, 2017 - Kinda like meeting your hero only to get a limp, cold and clammy handshake. In short, a let down. Had the bottle at the Chateau after the (enjoyable) tour, so no issues with provenance. Nose had an unspent yeast component to it, playdough maybe. Rich and concentrated for sure, but high extraction alone does not a great bottle make. Vegetal and very un-sweet, empty mid palate and no detectable finish. Very odd tasting experience. Clumsy and closed down perhaps but really question that this is going to transform into something special. Apparent that I was drinking the label and not the liquid. Prices for Bordeaux first growths have gotten out of hand. Will allow the "new" markets for Bordeaux that are more interested in hierarchy and name than quality to have their day.

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  • Collector1855 commented:

    12/29/17, 5:59 PM - LOL, I like your note, a clear position. If they really over extracted a so so vintage there is not much hope from my experience. Let‘s also remember. Mouton RS is not a 1855 First Growth but a a second growth with extraordinary lobbying thereafter. It is rarely as good as Latour or Margaux from my experience. I would even place Montrose ahead of it.

  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    2/17/18, 9:03 AM - Collector1855: I love reading your notes, which are always useful. However, I must respectfully disagree here. Certainly Mouton was elevated due to marketing, but this was also due to some legendary wines produced (1945, 1959, 1961). To agree with you somewhat, they faltered for many years with some under-achievements in great vintages (i.e. 1989 and 1990). But with Philippe Dhalluin taking over the winemaking, Mouton has clearly elevated their game since 2005. They may have even produced the best first growth wines in mediocre vintages like 2006 and 2008. And they are definitely among their peers in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Not trying to cheerlead for Mouton, but I just think things have changed pretty dramatically there in the past decade.

  • Collector1855 commented:

    2/17/18, 4:47 PM - You are of course right, they made some stellar wines, and with Dhalluin things have reached a new level. Jean-Marc Quarin was the first who reported about it. Let's hope they keep it up. Heard good things about the 2016.

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