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Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2003

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 750ml 2003        
Sku: 1394374*

Tasting notes
The wine has a vivid, brilliant colour with a lovely cherry tint.

Attractive fresh red berry fruit and cherry aromas mingle with more floral notes on the nose which, marked by the very hot weather of the vintage, becomes increasingly complex with airing, displaying a highly elegant mineral touch. Full on the palate, it combines round, velvet tannins with the very ripe fruit typical of the vintage, striking a nice balance between black berry and caramel flavours and the overall structure and freshness of the wine.

The well-rounded finish crisply and generously expresses the heft of Merlot.


Rating
 Wine Spectator 94 points (Mar 31 2006)
Blackberry, cherry and currant with just a hint of toasted oak. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely combination of ripe fruit and vanilla character. Goes on and on. Long and very stylish. Balanced and refined. Best after 2011. 23,330 cases made. –JS
 Wine Advocate 95 points (Apr 2006)
Backward, powerful, and extremely tannic, the dense purple-colored 2003 Mouton-Rothschild, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, fashioned from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, with a finished alcohol of 12.9%, improves dramatically with aeration. With full-bodied, meaty, powerful, dry flavors as well as a huge finish, this high class wine should be at its finest between 2012-2040+. During its sojourn in barrel, it reminded me of a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1986 Moutons, but since bottling, it appears different, and even more tannic than those two vintages. I still believe the finest recent Mouton-Rothschild is the 2000.

Technical notes
2011 was one of the hottest, sunniest and, above all, driest of the last forty years. Very warm weather in April and May gave the vegetation cycle a head start : flowering was recorded on 15 May, the earliest date in living memory, and veraison started two-and-half weeks earlier than normal. Conditions in July and August were very different, bringing less sunshine and significantly more precipitation. By the end of August, however, only 326 mm of rainfall had been recorded since 1 January, compared with an average of 519 mm. Fine weather returned to the Medoc in early September and bright sunshine prevailed throughout the two weeks of the harvest, which began on 12 September. These auspicious conditions were extremely beneficial, allowing the grapes to ripen fully. Picking ended on 28 September. Low yields, especially at Mouton, have produced structured, deep and very fresh wines. 2011 is thus a classic Bordeaux vintage, to be ranked among the finer, or perhaps even the finest.

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Haut Medoc
Appellation: Pauillac
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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