Fully 90% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year. Very deep purple in the glass. The nose is exuberant and exotic, full of mulberry and rich cassis, layered with star anise, incense and cedar. Very complex and enticing. The palate has great richness and density, with enveloping, mouthcoating tannins providing ample structure for the fruit. Despite this intensity, everything is tightly wound at this stage, making a wine of real drive and verticality. The core is one of ripe blackcurrant and forest fruits, but there is a saline, savoury edge too. The oak is smoky and exotic, showing tobacco and clove, but is well integrated at this stage. Perfect harmony on the finish, which is both ripe and savoury. A wine of controlled power - very impressive.
|Score: 19+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
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%.)
|Score: 98/100||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com, June 2020|
The 2019 Mouton Rothschild comes off the back of a succession of superlative wines that you would have to go back to the late Forties to see again. Deep in colour, it has a very composed and refined bouquet: very pure blackberry intermingling with bilberry and graphite, touches of Earl Grey and crushed stone emerging after several minutes in the glass. The palate is beautifully balanced with finely-chiseled tannins, a little spicier than the previous vintage from barrel last year, gently building and fanning out towards the poised finish. This is a sophisticated, classic Mouton-Rothschild that will require a little more cellaring than some recent vintages, but will surely be worth the wait. 2027 - 2060
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
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.
|Score: 99/100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
The 2019 Mouton Rothschild is dark, sensual and enveloping. Readers will find a Mouton of notable finesse and class. In this tasting, the Grand Vin comes across as quite restrained, with lifted aromatics and tons of elegance, but also quite a bit in reserve. Time in the glass brings out the wine's aromatic presence and overall depth.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
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). Drinking Window 2030 - 2050
|Score: 98||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. 51% of the production. Barrel sample.
A powerhouse Mouton, broad-shouldered and built for the long haul. Deep and intense on the nose with marked cassis and spice notes. Ripe, mouth-filling palate, the tannins plentiful and firm and smothered in layers of fruit. Almost opulent but not to the same degree as 2018. Hint of telltale mocha. Finishes fresh and long, the tannic backbone again present. (JL)
Drink 2030 – 2050
|Score: 18.5+||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|