The 2018 Mouton Rothschild is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
and 2% Cabernet Franc—there is also a splash of all the Petit Verdot they
had, but it doesn’t even register in the percentage. It has 13.8% alcohol,
which is relatively modest for the vintage. Deep garnet-purple colored, it
straight away pops with bright, vivacious notes of crushed blackcurrants,
juicy blackberries and redcurrant jelly with slowly emerging nuances of
candied violets, stewed plums, licorice and black tea, plus a waft of dusty
red soil. The medium-bodied palate is built like a brick house with super
firm, super ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular
black fruits, finishing long and savory with lingering mineral suggestions.
This is so, so delicious and, due to the ripeness of tannins, approachable
now. It will be difficult to keep your mitts off it for a good 5-7 years,
when all those tightly tucked away nuances should begin to emerge. After
that, it should improve over the course of 25 years or more and drink for
Wine Advocate 99 point.