Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2018

 
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The richesse of a gourmand and balanced Pauillac

A vintage marked by major climatic contrasts for the Bordeaux region, 2018 is already in line with the great vintages of prestigious Pauillac Grand Cru Classe, Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

The first half of 2018 was subject to heavy rainfall, combined with hailstorms. A mild and humid spring required all the efforts of the talented Chateau Mouton Rothschild technical teams, who fought to maintain the vineyard in perfect sanitary conditions. The sun then came out in the month of July, shining bright up to the date of the harvest, and allowing for perfectly ripened fruit. Beginning on September 10 for the red grape varieties, the harvest ended on October 3, promising the best early on. Despite yields that were lower than usual, the fruit showed an exceptional richness in sugars and very beautiful tannins.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (86%), Merlot (12%) and Cabernet Franc (2%), the Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2018 embodies the excellence of a Pauillac Grand Cru Classe.

At the tasting, the Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2018 reveals an intense, deep black color. Intensely aromatic, the nose opens with notes of ripe fruit, evolving spicy notes of nutmeg. Fresh menthol aromas punctuate the bouquet. The wine weaves a gorgeous palate from the onset, revealing great scale and aromatic richness, especially delicious notes of black fruits and spices. With its beautiful structure, creamy texture and velvety, mouth-coating tannins, the wine provides a feeling of indulgence. The end of the palate is marked by a great finesse, stretching into a long finish. A magnificent vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

Parker : 97-99+ / 100
J. Suckling : 100 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
A barrel sample, it was fascinating to take another look at the 2018 Mouton Rothschild, after having spent six more months in cask since I last tasted it. Deep garnet-purple, it maintains a jaw-droppingly profound nose of crème de cassis, mocha, plum preserves, licorice and Black Forest cake with touches of iron ore, Sichuan pepper, allspice and tilled soil. Full-bodied, super concentrated and possessing layer upon layer of black fruits, exotic spices and fragrant earth-inspired flavors, it has a rock-solid, firm, grainy texture with fantastic freshness and incredible length.
BordeauxPauillac
Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Dessert wine
No

J. Robinson
18

J. Suckling
100

Vinous - A. Galloni
94-97

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Medoc

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Pauillac

Color
Red

Producer
Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Classification
Classified First Growth

Parker
97-99+

Allergens
Contains sulfites