Served from no less than an imperial bottle, the large format probably had a part to play in this strong performance of Mouton Rothschild, notable for it being the first as a First rather than a Second. It had a slightly muffled but quite powerful nose of sage, dusky black fruit (mulberry and blackberry), leather and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasant rounded mouthfeel. It is clearly not a complex First Growth but it is certainly not oxidised and decrepit. There is a pleasant herbaceous core with a slight mustiness towards the finish. You know, this is enjoyable if like me, you keep your expectations...realistic. Drink now. Tasted June 2012.
(0313, Other Publications 31st Mar 2013)