February 18, 2020 - relatively underwhelming given the pedigree.
Has a concentrated raw flavor that reminds me slightly of welches grape juice, slight graphite, slight herbacious notes, and black currant. The tannins are very smoothened out and have a nice seamless velvet coat.
Overall the wine was flavorful but at the same time inoffensive. I can only hope that with more time more interesting teritary flavors will appear but at this point the wine is not very interesting or characterful.
In scotch analogy reminds me more of the big name inoffensive style heavy hitters like Macallan or Blue Label rather than something more intellectual or facinating like Brora/Port Ellen.
September 15, 2019 - 90% Cabernet Sauvignon; 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Pretty open and semi-intense nose, structured middle pallet and medium-long finish!
November 27, 2018 - Tasted blind along with three other wines. Tasted in a darkened room, so could not see color, or viscosity. Wine was opened at least one hour prior to tasting, but unsure whether the same was double-decanted.
This was big, rich, and absolutely delicious. Still very young, with overpowering notes of bacon, blood, green pepper, onion, and light notes of leather and earth. Black fruit as well, but the savory flavors really controlled. So big, I thought this could have been a young Hermitage. Delicious concentrated effort on this one. Hold for another 10 years at least. 94-95 points at this point.
August 25, 2018 - Decanted 1 1/2 hours and then enjoyed for over an hour with steak, quite beautiful and representative of the Mouton terroir, deep garnet color and very substantial mouthfeel, long long finish, super smooth, and old world berries and seriousness. A great wine and drinking beautifully now, no tannins to speak of. Yet the fact that it breathed and we enjoyed over a 2 1/2 hour +window speaks of it's power. It kept evolving and we wished we had another bottle. Drink now and over the next 15 + years.
July 11, 2018 - Trip of a lifetime- literally Bordeaux right/left and North/south Rhone: (Mouton, Cheval Blanc, Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion, Vieux Chateau Certan, Angelus, Pichon Baron, Smith Haut Lafitte, E.Guigal, M.Chapoutier, Château De Beaucastel, Stephane Montez, Jean Michael Stephan).
Amazing Mouton tour (museums and facilities state of the art, different than Cheval but beautiful layed out) and tasting:
First label: 2012, 2009, 2005
Clerc Milon: 2003
Chateau D’Armailhac: 2011
Anecdotal comments after the chateau tasting- 2005 & 2009 were some of the best Bordeaux wines I have ever had. Some of the best wines period. Amazing complexity, depth, fruit, mineral- has everything and so much more.
2012 unfortunately was not even in the same sphere as 2005 and 2009. Dry, herbs, not interesting and missing the great middle and ending one would expect. Not sure how much time would help move this in the right direction.
Could not emphasize enough to do a tour and tasting there if given the opportunity- homerun.
June 23, 2018 - For some reason, this was opened about an hour before but not decanted. So, what can I say? Mouton cassis and the oak may be a bit too toasty, but otherwise who knows? From the balance, fat, and depth it seems like this will end up as a good-but-not-great Mouton vintage, which is a nice success for the years, but we'll see.
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.
September 18, 2017 - Tasted at the Chateau with our group last week. Dark color in the glass, somewhat closed nose yet a significant earth/black fruit component. Multiple layers of complexity, it seemed a shame to open this bottle so early in its life. The '96 from earlier in the week is just beginning to develop into what it will eventually be. I wouldn't come back and open a bottle of this '12 again before probably 2030 at the earliest.
April 28, 2016 - The 2012 Mouton Rothschild was the first wine made in the upgraded chai. It gets a good spin, and I found it to be a loose knit chewy wine with charcoal notes, which again is surprisingly accessible. The conventional wisdom in the room was that it is a better wine that the 2011. I would disagree and would judge both the 2011 Mouton and the 2012 LLC to be superior to this.
April 24, 2016 - Speaks very quietly, but has typicity and with air shows increasing power persistency. Concentrated fruit but also nicely balanced acidity and the salinity on the finish I seem to enjoy in some vintages of Mouton. Real ageing potential here - and one of most positive surprises of my tasting, better than expected (I seem to think more of this than critics). One of Mouton's best recent 2nd tier vintages for me, behind 2015, but ahead of 2014 and 2008. 94+pts for me.