There seems to have been a marked change in style at Mouton, whether it is just attributable to this vintage or represents a sea-change in winemaking remains to be seen. Either way, the wine is far less obvious and ostentatious than recent years, and is all the better for it. Inky, intense and opaque in the glass, the nose reveals terrifically pure, scented cassis-like fruit and a touch of warm toast. There is a wealth of black fruit on the palate too which is seamless, glossy and finely tuned. The tannins are assertive, yet well knit and a distinctive, mineral character emerges to the finish. There is richness here, but the wine shows fine restraint. Dark, damson-like fruit and finely expressed mochalike notes persist on the finish. A sublime effort.