Ch. Mouton Rothschild 1970 Pauillac
11/96. Received as present May-96.
First 'real' wine to accompany our first 'real' Friday dinner at our new
COLOR: Good color all around, though not particularly dark. Some paling
shades towards the rim.
NOSE: At first some bottle smell and sourish green-olives aroma masking much
of the fruit made me think the wine may be over its top. It took about 40
minutes for the nose to change completely from the smell of a very common
very old wine to a deep rich complex nose, endowed with ripe fruit.
TASTE: The same transformation on the palate. At first, warm feel in the
mouth, dominated by acidity. Some fruit still there but hardly any tannins.
Then, after an hour and along with the nose, the wine suddenly transformed
into a totally different thing. Truly great mouthfilling flavors. Delicate
and silky yet deep and complex. Fruit, alcohol, tannins and acidity - all
became harmonized in the mouth. A pity only about a third of the bottle was
left at that stage...
LENGTH: From first sip to last - extremely long and reverberating aftertaste.
At first mostly sourish, then later a bit dry and bitter by the awakened
tannins, then finally full-flavored as an extension to the harmonized feel of
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium bodied. Over-acidified and under-tannined for the
first 40 minutes. Then, all of sudden, the most perfectly balanced wine
imaginable. An amazing example of how a wine can change within one and a half
hours of being opened. It's 'plateau' lasted only about 40 minutes. Nothing
to write home about for the first 40 minutes, and decaying quickly after 80
minutes, but what a wine during the peak interval...
OVERALL: Superb+! Not much Bordeaux experience to go by, but for the short
time the wine was good - it was goooood.
MARK: 18+/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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