Medoc crus classes 2009
Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac 1CC
Decanter average score: 19pts/20 (96/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Stephen Brook 19.5Alun Griffiths MW 18.5 Steven Spurrier 19
Mouton was making great wine before 2004, but in that year Philippe Dhalluin, the perfectionist technical director, came on board and the wines became more consistent. The success in 2009 of Armailhac and Clerc- Milon, the two other classed growths in the stable, indicates how well the Mouton group has been performing, but Mouton remains supreme.
Stephen Brook: New oak dominates the nose, but there’s ample cassis fruit too. Suave attack, juicy and succulent, velvety despite the tannins, which are firm but ripe. This is hedonistic stuff, with good structure and acidity. Excellent finish, with flair and persistence. Gorgeous!
Alun Griffiths MW: Firm, full, ripe black fruit and graphite nose. Excellent ripe fruit palate with fine but abundant tannins, acidity in balance and the oak subdued into the wine. Potentially very fine, with a long finish.
Steven Spurrier: Fine, concentrated cassis nose. Very good depth. Intense vineyard ripeness gives a lissom texture to the palate, yet the fruit purity is so forceful; it dominates yet is still lifted, fragrant and elegant. Great wine.
Price £593–£863 Widely available at leading Bordeaux merchants* including Bordeaux Index