Mouton Rothschild 2013


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Tasting Notes

The 2013 Mouton Rothschild is the best of the Medoc first-growths in this vintage. It was the smallest crop at Mouton since 1969, even smaller than their 1991. Only 45% of the crop made it into the final blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. One of the few 2013s to reveal serious depth, it displays a dense saturated ruby/purple color along with spicy creme de cassis, licorice and forest floor characteristics. Elegant, medium-bodied and more concentrated than most of its peers, it even reveals some tannins, suggesting 2-5 years of bottle age may be needed. It should last for 15-20 years. Kudos to administrator Philippe Dhalluin

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

The 2013 Mouton-Rothschild has a conservative, straight-laced, tobacco-stained bouquet, nicely defined but lacking genuine depth. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, balanced with tobacco and red berry fruit, moderate depth with touches of dried herbs lining the finish. I can imagine this becoming approachable within a couple of years and yet the pedigree of the terroir percolates through with aeration. While not a great Mouton-Rothschild by any stretch of the imagination, this is a strong effort in a difficult vintage.

Score: 92Neal Martin, (227), October 2016

The Grand Vin is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the latter close to exceptional according to Philippe Dhalluin. It has less new oak (85%) because the new wooden vats impart their own raw woody character. It has a well-defined, classic bouquet that you might describe as "no frills". It does not have the usual Mouton flamboyance although that is not necessarily a bad thing. The palate is well balanced with clean and mineral-rich black fruit and a pleasant salty character towards the finish. Classic in style, this is a very fine Mouton with real panache. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin,, April 2014

A warm and delicious Mouton with light spice, currant, and hints of chocolate. Very subtle and refined. Full to medium body. Seamless tannins that dissolve on the finish. Wonderful length for the vintage. 89% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, and 4% cabernet franc. Salty and delicately fruity. Better in 2020 but beautiful now.

Score: 95James Suckling,, February 2016

Very aromatic and fresh with floral, currant and cherry. Full to medium body, with fine tannins and a bright, fruity finish. I like the way it builds on the palate at the end. Salty too. 89% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, and 4% cabernet franc.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, April 2014

Firm yet nicely integrated tannins form the backbone of the 2013 Mouton-Rothschild, giving the wine much of its energy and focus. Violets, lavender and menthol add nuance to the dark blue/purplish fruit. Mouton is one of the few Left Bank 2013s with dark tonalities of fruit, but the mid-weight structure is very much that of the vintage. The 2013 is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, harvested between September 30 and October 9.

Score: 88/90Antonio Galloni,, April 2014

Since the arrival of Philippe Dallhuin in 2003, Mouton has stepped up a level. Grapes are now selected only from the core original vineyard site. This is made from 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and there is 30% less quantity than in 2012. Medium-deep ruby in appearance. Smoky oak, cigar box, blueberry and spicy tar on the nose. The palate has medium weight and a plush centre of cherry fruit and creamy vanilla from the oak, adding a little opulence. Silky textured with attractive cinnamon and clove spice. Firmly structured by the tannins, this has a long and smoky finish, with impressive intensity for the vintage.

Score: 17Farr Vintners, April 2014

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