Château-Mouton-Rothschild Pauillac 2009

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At First Growth, it benefits from exceptionally favorable natural conditions, both in the quality of the soil and in the situation of its vines and their exposure to the sun. It receives meticulous attention, combining a respect for tradition with the latest techniques. Vine-growers and oenologists are specially employed to supervise every stage of cultivation. Harvested entirely by hand, the grapes are collected in small open baskets. The wine is fermented in oak vats (Mouton is one of the last chateau in the Medoc to use them) and then matured in new oak casks.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Brand Château-Mouton-Rothschild
Alcohol/vol 13.2%
  • ws98

Wine SpectatorThis is pure, unadulterated Cabernet, with a gorgeously creamy mouthfeel to the beam of cassis that's backed by extra layers of cherry eau de vie, red licorice and raspberry ganache. Obviously dense but amazingly supple, with terrific length supported by a classic, iron-fueled spine. This has power if it needs it, but it's all about length. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2040.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2012
  • we96

Wine EnthusiastThe purest Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, with dark chocolate and intense dark berry flavors. The tannins are so enveloped by the fruit and yet they promise great aging. At this stage, wood shows through the fruit, but the texture is so rich and opulent that it should easily become integrated.

Roger Voss, February 1, 2012