Robert Parker 93
Tasted at the â€œFirst Growthâ€ lunch in London. A consistently fine Mouton that here, out-classes its rival Lafite (and to think, this was still a Deuxieme Cru!) The nose has evolved great complexity with aromas of cedar, wild mint, pencil box that build nicely in the glass and returning later it has conjured up a lovely coffee bean scent. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced yet foursquare with notes of cedar, dried herbs, leather and a hint of damson here. Silky smooth texture towards the finish and great persistency for the vintage. Very classic, very Mouton. Excellent. Drink now-2015+ Tasted October 2008.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2015
Bright red with an amber rim. Captivating nose of dark plum, blackcurrant, oak, coffee, cocoa and flowers. Juicy, sweet and suave on entry, then brightly focused in its red fruit and black flavors complicated by cedar and citrus. Finishes with flinty, saline nuances and very suave tannins. This outstanding wine is perfectly balanced and light on its feet, still very young and capable of a very long life. It might disappoint those looking for a blockbuster, but I love its overall sense of refinement. An essence of claret.