Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac750ML 2005 BIN# MNRD05
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Label artist: Giuseppe Penone
Serena Sutcliffe, MW: Absolutely stunning, totally blackberry, intense bouquet that comes out of the glass to meet you. Deeply scented and very exciting. Like crunching black cherries in the mouth. Opulent and brambly. Cassis on the finish. Beautiful balance between the fruit, the acidity and the tannin. You could cellar this for decades. Another glimpse confirmed the great grand vin nose and the terrific, huge taste, filling the whole mouth with glorious flavour. Superb. 03/09
Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc
Annual production: 17,000 cases and 3,000 cases of the second wine, Petit Mouton. There is also a small amount of white produced: Aile d`Argent.
The only wine ever to have moved up the 1855 classification - from second to first growth in 1973 - `Mouton`, as it is universally known, is a profoundly unique wine in Bordeaux. While the vineyards lie adjacent to those of Lafite, the wine could scarcely be more different. Mouton has a unique nose of spice, cedarwood and cassis and always has greater weight than Lafite. Since the Second World War, Mouton`s singularity has only been enhanced by its artists labels - a different artist for each vintage. This makes it a particular favourite of collectors.