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Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2018

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14.00% /
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Vintage: 2018
  • WS 98
  • WE 99
  • WA 99
  • DEC 100
  • JD 97
  • JS 100
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The wine has an intense, deep black color. The nose reveals intense ripe fruit aromas and nutmeg notes, set off by touches of mint. The ample, full and refined attack opens on blackberry and cherry flavors lifted by a hint of spice. Generous, creamy and well-rounded tannins underpin candied flavors, giving an overall impression of succulence. Great balance between the fruit and the tannins paves the way for a highly refined and exceptionally long finish.

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc

20 reviews for Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2018

  1. Ronald Rufino

    Geproefd op Château Mouton Rothschild op woensdag 03.04.2019.Rijp fruit in de neus. Sappig. Goede frisheid. Zuren. Maar mist iets de dikte van het sap van Le Petit Mouton dit jaar? 95-97

  2. Simon Hatfield

    Opaque in color, the purple black hue is gorgeous. The perfume with its sea salt, lead pencil, blackberry liqueur, black currants, tobacco, spice and smoke is a knockout! That will keep you busy enough but it is on the palate where you’ll really experience the wine as it hits and coats every nook and cranny in your mouth. The wine is lavish, dense, concentrated and showy. The naturally flamboyant nature of Mouton Rothschild comes though loud and clear. Even with all this voluptuousness, the wine is energetic and intense. The finish remains with you for well over 60 seconds. Clearly, the 2018 is going to be one of the great vintages of Mouton ever produced. The blend comes from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.8% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 10 to October 3, the Grand Vin represents 66% of the harvest with very low yields of only 28 hectoliters per hectare. 98-100 Pts

  3. Anna Fowler

    Bordeaux 2018 from bottle (Bordeaux and Strasbourg): Utterly gorgeous wine, a Top Ten to be sure: the 100% new oak is well integrated with 3.7 acidity lending freshness, verve and tonicity. As at other estates this year, less pumping over and more care so as to avoid too much tannic extraction, and the proof in bottle surpassed my expectations from barrel. The blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc included “highest ever” alcohol content for Cabernets that director Philippe Dhalluin had seen, at 13.8%. But here the balance works so well, with much impressive density and power, and the expected seduction from this estate! Lots of deep, dark ripe fruit, blackberry and dark cherry, with graphite and black tea. Very expressive indeed. The barrel aging has calmed things down a bit and we have a wine that is not as imposing as it was from barrel but with plenty of cellaring potential. (98+) Full notes in wine-chronicles.com

  4. Sheila Steedley

    Dark red ink in color, the wine exudes Asian spice, espresso, smoke, cigar box, walnuts, cocoa, blackberry and red currant aromas. If you can pull yourself away from seeking additional nuances in the perfume, the wine hits your palate with waves of sensuous, decadent, velvety, dark red fruits and spice that clock in at over 60 seconds. Think of 2018 as a better version of 2009, with more concentration, silkier tannins, additional levels of purity and opulence. Even with all this voluptuousness, the wine is energetic and intense. The blend comes from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, 13.8% alcohol.

  5. Brian Kelley

    When you sniff the glass, you know that this is Bordeaux! Elegant earth and tobacco laden nose with nuances of flowers dancing around. Mid weight body, with nuances of cedar chest, bell pepper, violets, earth, and shade grown cigar wrapper. The mid palate seems to miss one last tick before the finish, as this wine may be slightly off balance at the moment, but the finish is incredibly dry, fairly long, and expressive of the the wine as a whole. The 2018 Mouton came across as feminine, soft, and under sweet for the vintage as a whole. A nice wine with lots of class. HOLD

  6. Geraldine Campbell

    Taste with Langton’s 2018 Top Chateau of Bordeaux – virtual event. Decanted two hours prior.Appearance: purple/mulberry. Nose: enchanting, refined, intense and complex. Blackcurrant, blackberry, dark chocolate, cedar, violet, graphite and pencil shavings. Palate: medium to full bodied, concentrated, luscious mouthfeel, has the structure to last many years. Persistent dry finish. Outstanding – for me the best wine in the flight.

  7. Delbert Carlson

    Refined complex nose – tobacco, cigar, dark chocolate. Hints of graphite and dark berries. Textural palate with the addition of black tea notes. Long finish. Elegant with not a joint out of place.

  8. Mark Purgason

    Bordeaux 2018 – Langtons tasting (Virtual with samples sent): A very complete wine. Classic Bordeaux. Black currant, black berries, lead pencil and cigar. Everything in place and delicious even now.

  9. Danielle Youngs

    Immediately revealing its pronounced intensity with deep and complex aromatics. Fresh flowers, blackcurrant, eucalyptus, wet stone, tar, fresh vanilla, cedar, sandalwood. Medium to full body, extremely focused mid palate melting away the big scale flavors rippling thru the long finish. Muscular and fresh. More extrovert then the 2018 Lafite. Bravo!

  10. Christopher Landry

    Not too expressive aromas yet, but has a lovely mass underneath just waiting to jump out of the blocks. Lovely aromas with smoke, tobacco glaze, concentrated licorice, violet and dark sexy fruit. Wine that just grabs and spreads immediately in a sexy and fresh way. Beautiful in the fruit picture with leather, licorice, tobacco and chalk that builds beautifully around. Fabulously long and complex finish. Sublime wine with further development potential over the next 30 years.

  11. Kathleen Smith

    Undeniably great even with no real decant and young age. Noticeable peat and char flavors. Loved it.

  12. Paul Tipka

    No notes and only fleeting impressions as it was an epic night with both old friends and new before the Chateau Angelus dinner at Anhelo in downtown Phoenix tonight (8/31). All wines were split between 6.25 of us and unless noted, minimal decant (max 30 minutes).Was very curious to taste this wine as most of the ‘18s I have had recently are still open for business but others are starting to go night night. This wine while super young is pretty damn delicious. You can 100% experience the warmer vintage yet realize all the goods are there. While drinking well now, it will be fantastic in 5-10 as this is not the vintage that requires a lengthy 20-20 year rest. Would have loved to stay with it but my glass was empty.

  13. Elaine Still

    An Amazing Arizona Tasting: 30 min decant – I typically never drink young Bordeaux, and there is absolutely no doubt this will be even better than it was today,,,,but OMG was it delicious today! This wine should flirt with perfection in about 20+ years.Nose showed lots of diverse aromas, including dark fruit, charred meat, violets and cigar, with hints of vanilla bean, cedar and cocoa bean. Palate showed lush black and red fruit, asian spice, and dark chocolate with lots of earth, tobacco, tar and leather, with hints of anise and eucalyptus. Tannins were fine grained and smooth, and the finish was luscious and long. This is already a seductive wine, but will be so much better down the road!96+ points today, but a chance perfection with an additional one or two decades of bottle age!

  14. Teddy Ayuso

    Doubled decanted about 3 hours before dinner. Thankfully, the wine never shut down and seemed to be at its sweet spot with about 4 hours of air. The 18 didn’t quite have the opulent flare of the 19 I had a couple weeks ago, but it was still fantastic. Aromas of creme de cassis, menthol, tobacco, violets and fragrant earth. This is big but firm, with regal tannins and prominent energetic layers of fruit. It doesn’t fill up the mid palate like a similar Napa Cab might, but stays totally composed and tight knit, with building complexity and a super long finish. Clearly this was an infant, but that is really how I enjoy my wines. Total class in a bottle.

  15. WS

    This large-scaled wine is brimming with cassis and distilled plum fruit that’s remarkably pure, focused and driven in feel, supported by a seamless, iron-clad and remarkably polished structure, doing its job without detracting from the fruit. Add in sparkles of savory, racy floral and sanguine accents, as well as some pretty ridiculous length, and you have another battleship of a wine in the making. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2030 through 2050.

  16. WE

    Dense structure, powerful tannins and intense black fruits are contained within this wine that shows richness and sustained concentration as well as amazing freshness. The 86% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend is the secret of this great wine that is sure to age magnificently. Don’t think about drinking before 2029.

  17. WA

    The 2018 Mouton Rothschild is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc—there is also a splash of all the Petit Verdot they had, but it doesn’t even register in the percentage. It has 13.8% alcohol, which is relatively modest for the vintage. Deep garnet-purple colored, it straight away pops with bright, vivacious notes of crushed blackcurrants, juicy blackberries and redcurrant jelly with slowly emerging nuances of candied violets, stewed plums, licorice and black tea, plus a waft of dusty red soil. The medium-bodied palate is built like a brick house with super firm, super ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular black fruits, finishing long and savory with lingering mineral suggestions. This is so, so delicious and, due to the ripeness of tannins, approachable now. It will be difficult to keep your mitts off it for a good 5-7 years, when all those tightly tucked away nuances should begin to emerge. After that, it should improve over the course of 25 years or more and drink for 40+.

  18. DEC

    This has so much tannic power, with density, layers and structure along with layers of blackberry, liquorice, baked earth, cigar box and the signature exotic spices of Mouton. A big, textured and complex wine that is taking it all in its stride. 100% new oak. There is the tiniest touch of Petit Verdot in the blend, but under 1%, so it’s not in the official figures. 62% of production went into the grand vin. 3.78pH. 88IPT. The artist for this vintage is Xu Bing. 

  19. JD

    Coming from a selection of 76% of the total production, the 2018 Château Mouton Rothschild checks in as 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that was brought up all in new French oak. This dense purple-hued effort has a backward, primordial bouquet of pure crème de cassis, scorched earth, burning embers, and graphite. There are hints of classic Pauillac tobacco and lead pencil, but it’s locked and loaded at this point. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and flawlessly balanced on the palate, it has lots of tannins, a good spine of acidity, and a great finish. It doesn’t have the sexy opulence of the 2015 and 2016 yet has more minerality, and I suspect it’s every bit as concentrated. A solid decade of bottle age is going to be warranted, and this powerful, concentrated Mouton is going to evolve for longer than most of us reading this will be alive.

  20. JS

    Exquisite purity of black currants, raspberries and some citrus. The aromas flow from the glass. Full-bodied with seamless tannins that coat the palate and then fall into the center, to deliver a thoroughly refined and harmonious young red. Endless finish. 86% cabernet sauvignon. This is the new 1959, one of the legendary vintages of Mouton.66 Try after 2026.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 98
Wine Spectator
This large-scaled wine is brimming with cassis and distilled plum fruit that’s remarkably pure, focused and driven in feel, supported by a seamless, iron-clad and remarkably polished structure, doing its job without detracting from the fruit. Add in sparkles of savory, racy floral and sanguine accents, as well as some pretty ridiculous length, and you have another battleship of a wine in the making. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2030 through 2050.
WE 99
Wine Enthusiast
Dense structure, powerful tannins and intense black fruits are contained within this wine that shows richness and sustained concentration as well as amazing freshness. The 86% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend is the secret of this great wine that is sure to age magnificently. Don't think about drinking before 2029.
WA 99
Wine Advocate
The 2018 Mouton Rothschild is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc—there is also a splash of all the Petit Verdot they had, but it doesn’t even register in the percentage. It has 13.8% alcohol, which is relatively modest for the vintage. Deep garnet-purple colored, it straight away pops with bright, vivacious notes of crushed blackcurrants, juicy blackberries and redcurrant jelly with slowly emerging nuances of candied violets, stewed plums, licorice and black tea, plus a waft of dusty red soil. The medium-bodied palate is built like a brick house with super firm, super ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular black fruits, finishing long and savory with lingering mineral suggestions. This is so, so delicious and, due to the ripeness of tannins, approachable now. It will be difficult to keep your mitts off it for a good 5-7 years, when all those tightly tucked away nuances should begin to emerge. After that, it should improve over the course of 25 years or more and drink for 40+.
DEC 100
Decanter
This has so much tannic power, with density, layers and structure along with layers of blackberry, liquorice, baked earth, cigar box and the signature exotic spices of Mouton. A big, textured and complex wine that is taking it all in its stride. 100% new oak. There is the tiniest touch of Petit Verdot in the blend, but under 1%, so it’s not in the official figures. 62% of production went into the grand vin. 3.78pH. 88IPT. The artist for this vintage is Xu Bing. 
JD 97
Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from a selection of 76% of the total production, the 2018 Château Mouton Rothschild checks in as 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that was brought up all in new French oak. This dense purple-hued effort has a backward, primordial bouquet of pure crème de cassis, scorched earth, burning embers, and graphite. There are hints of classic Pauillac tobacco and lead pencil, but it's locked and loaded at this point. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and flawlessly balanced on the palate, it has lots of tannins, a good spine of acidity, and a great finish. It doesn't have the sexy opulence of the 2015 and 2016 yet has more minerality, and I suspect it's every bit as concentrated. A solid decade of bottle age is going to be warranted, and this powerful, concentrated Mouton is going to evolve for longer than most of us reading this will be alive.
JS 100
James Suckling
Exquisite purity of black currants, raspberries and some citrus. The aromas flow from the glass. Full-bodied with seamless tannins that coat the palate and then fall into the center, to deliver a thoroughly refined and harmonious young red. Endless finish. 86% cabernet sauvignon. This is the new 1959, one of the legendary vintages of Mouton.66 Try after 2026.

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