Château Mouton Rothschild 2020 - 1st Cru Class
Château Mouton Rothschild has 90 hectares of vines to the northwest of Bordeaux, on the edge of the Médoc peninsula, itself situated, as its name indicates, in medio aquae, in the middle of the waters: to the east the Gironde estuary, to the west the Atlantic Ocean.
The Médoc vineyard, which dates back to Roman times, currently covers an area of about 16,500 hectares. It is planted on a narrow strip of land 80 km long and 5 to 10 km wide, close to the river which irrigates it deeply and moderates temperature variations. Leaning against the northern tip of the Landes forest, it benefits from the mild oceanic climate while being protected from its excesses.
Formed of "gravel", pebbles and gravels that retain the heat of the sun, mixed with sands partly clayey. Produces the greatest wines in the world! The lean and poor gravel descends several meters deep, resting on a marly-limestone base. Elegant, powerful, tannin-rich red wines are harvested here, which can be kept for a long time.
The Petit Mouton, the second wine of the château, is a very nice variation. A great white wine, named Aile d'Argent, is also produced in AOC Bordeaux.
Source: Château Mouton Rothschild
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2021
A deep black/purple-colored Mouton Rothschild 2020 begins with subtle notions of fresh raspberries and blackberries, requiring a great deal of agitation and patience to unlock its intense core of cassis pastilles, rose essence, licorice, and cardamom, plus touches of cedar chest, black truffles, and crushed rocks.
The medium-bodied palate is like a tightly wound spring, possessing exhilarating tension and very firm, ripe, multi-grained tannins to frame successive layers of black and red fruits interwoven with earthy and mineral accents, finishing very long and very perfumed.
This is certainly the most tentative, reticent and elegant big wine of this trio of vintages (2018, 2019 and 2020), carrying Mouton's signature perfume, opulence and style with great grace and sophistication, as opposed to a boisterous flamboyance.
It is this delicately teasing and achingly beautiful restraint that collectors will not want to miss.
- 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
- Alcohol level
Jean-Marc Quarin - Noté 97/100
James Suckling - Noté 99-100/100
Vinous / Neal Martin - Noté 96-98/100
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - Noté 96-98/100
Wine Advocate / Lisa Perrotti - Noté 97-99/100
Jeb Dunnuck - Noté 97-99/100