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Community Tasting Notes (17) Avg Score: 93.9 points

  • 90% Cabernet Sauvignon; 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Pretty open and semi-intense nose, structured middle pallet and medium-long finish!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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