Bordeaux 2016: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Bordeaux 2016: Chateau Mouton Rothschild
‘The new 1986 but better’ – James Suckling

This is a bold statement but in fairness, one that was echoed by Mouton’s director Philippe Dhalluin. Those who have tasted the 1986 will testify to its greatness. This 100 point wine is still a relative baby, it has aged at glacial pace and will continue to thrill the senses for many decades to come. The 2016 Mouton is clearly an exceptional wine too. As it sat in our glasses it grew in stature, revealing new layers and nuances with each subsequent tasting. This is a deeply profound Mouton with a long future ahead. And there are unmistakable similarities to the great Moutons of the past; the exotic complexity, the precision and the sheer commanding presence. A resemblance to the legendary 1986, for sure; only time will tell if this surpasses its celebrated forebear. A magical Mouton.

We can also release tiny quantities of Petit Mouton (£850/6) and the wonderful white wine from Mouton Rothschild, Aile d'Argent (£325/6).

‘The 2016 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the latter two co-fermented, picked from 26 September and finished on 14 October. As usual, it is being matured in 100% new oak. It has a very intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cold limestone and crushed violet aromas that if anything, appear to gain vigor with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, juicy tannin. There is a lot of fruit packed into this Mouton-Rothschild and therefore one can feel the weight in the mouth, yet the acidity keeps everything on tip-toes. The finish has superb precision and opulence, completing a Mouton-Rothschild that will rivet you to the spot. Tasted on two occasions, the second confirming that this is simply a magnificent wine. Whichever artist eventually designs the label is going to be drinking well. Drink 2026 - 2065. 98-100/100’. - Neal Martin,

‘This is a phenomenal, muscular red that shows incredible power and depth. Full-bodied and with great concentration of tannins but this remains agile and polished. The form to this is stupendous. Such precision and clarity. The new 1986 but better. 100/100’. - James Suckling,

These wines are all on allocation.