The enormously endowed, backward, ferociously tannic, massively extracted 2010 Mouton-Rothschild exhibits an opaque blue/purple color as well as a tight but promising nose of incense, licorice, lead pencil shavings, vanilla, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied in the mouth, extremely young, and tasting like a barrel sample, this remarkable effort requires 10-15 years of cellaring. It should age well for half a century or more.
The tannins are gloriously wrapped up within the satin creaminess of its dense but elegant body and it has an extraordinary finish of minutes not seconds. Tasting and writing about the First Growths has now become something of an elite treat as we know that there is no chance we shall be able to afford to drink these incredible wines, but if I could afford to drink the best of the best, I’d find it hugely encouraging that they really are the Top Guns of the wine world and really deserve their status. An incredible Mouton: bravo!
(94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot)