2015 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) »FUTURES«

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2015 Chateau Mouton Rothschild


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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Pauillac
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 99WA, 97JS, 97V, 97WE

This is a FUTURES item. 2015 futures will begin arriving in 2018. 6 bottles available.

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The 2015 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc matured entirely in new oak, as usual. This represents a relatively high percentage of Merlot simply because, as winemaker Philippe Dhalluin told me, that quality was so good. I afforded my sample four to five minutes to open as it was a little reduced at first, but eventually it reveals a gorgeous, extraordinarily intense bouquet of blackberry, cassis, incense and cold slate aromas. In some ways it reminds me of Latour as much as Mouton Rothschild. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfectly pitched acidity, wonderful tension and impressive length. There is a strong graphite theme running through from start to finish that is little grainy and so it will require preferably a decade in cellar. But what freshness and panache here, a classic Mouton-Rothschild that will live for 50 or 60 years, not a million miles away from say, the 1986 or 2010. Expect this to settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle.

97-99 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 224 - Apr 2016)

Very racy and refined with super polished tannins and focused dark fruits. Blackberry, orange peel, and black currants. Full. Very long and thought-provoking. A wine that delivers power and finesse. Juicy and fresh.

96-97 points, James Suckling (Apr 2016)

Mouton Rothschild's 2015 is a wine built on finesse rather than power alone. Raspberry jam, spice, rose petal, pomegranate and blood orange make a very positive first impression. The 2015 is rich and intense on the palate, but never heavy. In 2015, harvest stretched from September 14 to October 2, a few days longer than normal. The blend, which was put together just before this tasting in late January 2016, is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

95-97 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2016)

This wine is generous without being opulent. It has a straight line of bright acidity that shoots through the wine giving it a fresh character. At the same time, the Cabernet that dominates the blend offers some serious firm tannins. It is a wine that starts with fruit and will give fine fruit for many years to come.

95-97 points, Wine Enthusiast (2016)