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(90% Cabernet Sauvignon/8% Merlot/2% Cabernet Franc)
Lovely harmonious nose, elegant and restrained. Palate is pretty huge with beautiful, creamy blackcurrant fruit and serious tannins. This is a classic Mouton with genuine power. A delicious glass of wine.
As for the 2012 Mouton Rothschild, one can’t help but love the artist’s label, in this case done by Miquel Barceló, of two rams fighting for superiority. Representing only 49% of the crop, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc has an inky bluish/purple color, which is far darker than its nearby neighbor, Lafite Rothschild, or even Pontet-Canet. Multi-layered, with rich, concentrated, crème de cassis fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity, this is a major success in 2012. Definitely a bigger, richer wine than rival Lafite Rothschild, Mouton’s 2012 seems to have more density as well. The tannins, however, remain soft and well-integrated. This wine should drink well for 25-30 years and is somewhat of a sleeper for a 2012 first-growth Médoc. 94 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #218, April 2015)
Tasted at the Mouton-Rothschild vertical in London, the 2012 Mouton-Rothschild clearly has the upper hand over the 2011, if not quite at the level of the 2009, 2010 and what I envisage will be the 2015. There is obviously greater fruit intensity here, as if the contrast has been dialed up a couple of notches. It is quite showy on the nose, preening in its infancy with pure black cherries, graphite and hints of cold slate-like scents, later that hint of seaweed I observed when tasted blind a few months earlier. The palate is beautifully balanced with great vim and vigor. This is a Mouton that will not be put down - vivacious, vivid and delineated with wonderful focus and crucially, impressive persistence on the finish. Do not underestimate this Mouton-Rothschild, because I can see an upswing as it matures in bottle. Tasted April 2016.
[90CS/7M/3CF] Finesse to smell and a touch of cassis fruit ripeness with a clear minerality behind; elegant, fresh, finely tannic linear wine, in the more slender style of the Mouton stable this year, plenty of matter within the very fine textured tannins; freshly ripe, sweet fruit core, long across the palate, a graceful subtle wine with a fine perfumed length. Not big, but classy and refined. Delicacy, finesse, fragrance. 2022-32+ [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2013]
This is starting to mellow already, featuring dark fig and blackberry notes infused liberally with black tea and smoldering tobacco accents. Shows a light loamy echo through the finish, with a flash of menthol. Offers ample flesh throughout, with a slightly grainy edge to the tannins.--Non-blind Mouton-Rothschild vertical (March 2017). JM
What a nose of blackberries, blackcurrants, minerals and graphite. Full-bodied and extremely fine and polished. Sexy and ethereal. Harmony. A little salty. Fabulous 2012. Pure silk. Better after 2020 but so wonderful now.
Tasted blind. Round and sweet with some vitality and edgy, non-opulent fruit. Still unformed. ‘Wait and hope’, as Sebastian Payne MW of The Wine Society would say. Rather dilute and farmyard. Though it’s a tad inky on the end. Drink: 2020-2024 – jancisrobinson.com, Jan 2016
The 2012 Mouton Rothschild continues to open up nicely. Forward, open and quite expressive, the 2012 looks like a wine that will drink well sooner rather than later. Dark cherry, plum, graphite, smoke and mocha meld into the inviting finish. The 2012 is not a huge wine, but it will open up sooner than some of the surrounding vintages. Time has only been a help for this open-knit, distinctly fruit-driven Mouton. The 2012 is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc harvested during the first fifteen days of October.
Quality 925 | Brand 999 | Economics 937 |
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Quality: Predicted life of 17 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2012 vintage, which averages 10 years Brand: #1 Most sought after wine globally, with 93,283 searches on Wine-Searcher per month Economics: #1 most active wine at auction, its top 5 vintages having seen 5,632 75cl equivalent bottles traded in the past year Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles
- www.wine-lister.com June 2017
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