Robert Parker 90
A deep garnet core with tawny rim. The bouquet displays good intensity, cohesive, earthy, leathery but well defined and gaining potency. The palate is medium-bodied with some attractive decayed black cedar-infused leafy fruit with tobacco and a touch of graphite. Good persistency towards the slightly bitter finish with touches of soy and pain grille. Drink now-2018. Tasted September 2008.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018
(85% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 2% petit verdot): Bright garnet-tinged red. Aromas of red berries, flowers and dried herbs display a slightly herbal, almost green bell pepper nuance; this doesn’t smell completely ripe to me. Enters the mouth sweet, round and fleshy, with redcurrant, red cherry and citrus flavors, then turns saline and spicy toward the back. The smoothly tannic finish features noteworthy sweetness, mouthwatering acidity and a trace of heat, but this is a disappointing wine for Mouton. The beginning of the year was rainy, with a late start to the growth cycle, while the rest of the growing season was sunny but not particularly warm. The harvest took place in October.