The 2005 Château Mouton-Rothschild is a deeply impressive First Growth. It has been blessed with a sensational nose that comes racing out of the blocks with audacious scents of black fruit, cedar, smoke and pencil box (Philippe Dhalluin mentioned that the signature smokiness/fireside hearth was tangible in around 80% of the vats during élevage). There is a sense of bravura here, of aristocracy. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous black fruit, perhaps beginning to soften in texture, one or two years off its plateau. There are layers and layers of black fruit intermingling with graphite and black pepper, and it wisely reins everything in on the finish that is more classic in style and in keeping with the vintage. If you are fortunate enough to have this wine in your cellar, even though those tannins are starting to be abraded by time, afford it another five or six years. Drink: 2020-2050 (Feb17)

98/100

Robert Parker Jnr., The Wine Advocate

The Château Mouton Rothschild vineyard is situated on a hillock called the ‘Plateau de Mouton’ which rises to 27m above sea-level, is planted on very deep gravelly soil with the varieties typical of the region. Having brilliantly enhanced the lustre of the family company and estates, Baroness Philippine left Mouton magnificently enlarged and modernised. Now her three children, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, co-owners of the Château, are likewise perpetuating their mother’s dedication to excellence.

(VI5205)

Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Merlot (14%), Cabernet Franc (1%)
Closure Cork
Bottle Size 750ml
Brand Chateau Mouton-Rothschild
SKU VI5205