2019 Château Mouton-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

The 2019 Mouton is an intense, powerful, silky, impressive first growth. This could only be Mouton: there's an opulence to the fruit, with notes of dark berries, spice, and incredibly refined, rendered tannins. Power drives the wine forward on the finish, with incredible energy. A benchmark: a privilege to taste.

Critic score
99/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    90% Cabernet Sauvignon
    9% Merlot
    1% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2029 - 2052
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2019 Château Mouton-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

The blend this year is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 18th of September to the 5th of October. Opaque purple-black colored, the 2019 Mouton Rothschild simply shines, even at this very nascent stage, beaming from the glass with bright, vibrant scents of crème de cassis, blueberry preserves, boysenberries and black raspberries plus fragrant suggestions of lilacs, dark chocolate, sandalwood, jasmine tea and woodsmoke with a spicy waft of star anise. The medium-bodied palate shimmers with energy, featuring tightly wound layers of black fruits, exotic spices and mineral notions, framed by exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with epic length and perfume. This year's profound expression is without doubt a legend in the making. (For number crunchers, the alcohol is 13.5% this year, slightly lower than 2018, which came in at 13.8%.)

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020)
(98—100)/100

A deep intense nose, this is another brilliant Pauillac First Growth in 2019, all different in style and true to themselves. The tannins are ripe and fleshed out, taking a confident hold around well-textured blackberry and cassis fruits that are fluid, supple and frankly delicious. This is pure Mouton, you couldn't mistake it, with its touch of mocha and chocolate, and its core of freshness. Has a feel of the 1996 about it. Harvest September 19 to October 5 (finishing a little earlier that Clerc and Armailhac because Mouton is always an early terroir due to its abundance of pure gravel).

Jane Anson, Decanter (June 2020)
98/100

This shows purity of fruit with blackcurrants and cassis and hints of blueberries and fresh flowers. Toasted and roasted. The 90% of cabernet sauvignon really makes this special. Lead-pencil, tar and licorice notes. Powerful with finesse. Extremely persistent.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2020)
99—100/100