Mouton Rothschil 2003 is beautifully intense, garnet hue and a higly refined nose, rather typical of Cabernet, on aromas of blackcurrant and cedarwood along with caramel and stewed fruit. The attack is lush, the palate rich, on stylish, well-rounded tannins. Fruit flavours rub shoulders with spice, Havana cigar and eucalyptus. The finish of this Pauillac is very expressive, long and powerful, harmonious and silky. Mouton Rothschild 2003 is one of the great successes of recent years.
Parker : 91 / 100
J. Suckling : 96 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2003 harvest began on September 15 and finished ten days later. The result is an outstanding 2003 Mouton-Rothschild, but it is not one of the superstars of Pauillac or the Northern Médoc. Its nearby neighbors, Lafite-Rothschild, Cos d'Estournel and Montrose, all produced wines that qualitatively dominate this effort from Mouton-Rothschild. Nevertheless, there is a lot to like. The tannins, which were so tough initially, have softened somewhat, and the nose offers up notes of cedarwood, roasted coffee, tobacco leaf and red and blackcurrants. This spicy, earthy, fleshy, medium to full-bodied 2003 is not one of the stars of the vintage. It is close to full maturity, where it should remain for another 10-15 years.