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1988 Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pauillac - Red - First Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
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Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is a First Growth Bordeaux estate located in the village of Paulliac. The chateau was originally known as Chateau Brane-Mouton while in the possession of the Barons de Brane, but was given its current name by Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1853. The current owner is Philippine de Rothschild, Nathaniel's great-great granddaughter. Mouton-Rothschild is known for being the... More »

JR 17+
WS 94
RP 89
Drink Dates
Comm: 2006-2012 RP: 1993-2020 WS: 2000+
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JR 17+
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2015-2030

Very dark crimson with some age at the rim. Much darker than any of the lesser 1988s tasted alongside. Very warm and rich on the nose – was the château in its California phase then? Tannins are still pretty angular. An awkward blend of sweetness on the nose and extreme dryness on the palate. Perhaps it will eventually blossom when those tannins diminish but at the moment it is out of kilter. Quite a bit of acidity. Dry finish.

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RP 89
Source Bordeaux Book(1998)
Drink Dates 1993-2020

The 1988 Mouton has an attractive aroma of exotic spices, minerals, coffee, black currants, and sweet oak. Much like the 1989, the bouquet is staggering, but the flavors are distinctly less profound. In the mouth, it is a much firmer, tougher, more obviously tannic wine than the 1989, with medium body and outstanding ripeness. A beautifully made 1988 that will last 20-25 years, its short finish keeps it from being sublime. The 1988 is somewhat reminiscent of the 1985, but with more tannin.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2000+

Though I don't consider this a perfect wine, it has always been classic in quality. It's rich and fruity, with loads of currant, tobacco, smoke and new wood on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and an elegant finish.--1988 Bordeaux horizontal. 20,000 cases made.

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Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.554%
Tasted On 06/25/2014


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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.531%
Tasted On 03/29/2014
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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.264%
Tasted On 06/10/2011
Drink Dates 1998-2014

My wife and I enjoyed this bottle on my birthday at French 75 restaurant in Laguna Beach, Calif. When our server saw the bottle, she told us she was going to ask the sommelier to open it. He had little difficulty extracting the cork, considering this is a 23-year-old wine. It came out completely saturated, which had us worried for a moment, but smelled fine - no TCA at all. In fact, it had the classic Pauillac "sweet cigar box" fragrance, which brought a smile to my face. He poured the wine. The robe was a deep, almost opaque garnet and showed a slight meniscus. It had a big bouquet redolent of black cherries, plums and more of that sweet pipe tobacco fragrance. At first, the wine was quite hollow on the palate and had no finish at all. After a little swirling, we were able to coax more fruit out of our sips. Then, after about 20 minutes in a decanter, the wine was firing on all four cylinders, filling out beautifully, and showing a 20- to 30-second finish. Despite its fame, this wine impresses not through power or strength, but through its refinement and correctness. This is a perfect, easy-drinking, correct rendition of what a classic bordeaux should be (BTW, that's what you pay for in a wine of this caliber). The best words that come to mind are "classy" and "aristocratic." This was more of an intellectual exercise than a hedonistic experience, and I am richer for it.

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Author Connaisseurs
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 0.606%
Tasted On 01/20/2011


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Author BredaVin
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Tasted On 08/21/2010
Drink Dates 2005-2025

Just amazing, Mouton 1988. Blackcurrant, cherries, flowers, truffle, herbs, oak. Full with a long finish. Needs at least 1h decant.

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Author cuje
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 77.778%
Tasted On 08/25/2010
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Author brendan
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Tasted On 07/26/2010
Drink Dates 2007-2011
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Author biggsy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.828%
Tasted On 09/14/2009

Rich, dark plum red. Powerful savoury nose. Intense and well defined aromas of toast and cedar. A hint of delicate black fruits still hidden underneath. Medium bodied with good acidity and firm tannins. Unfortunately the wine is slightly lean and under-ripe. It shows delicate flavours of black fruits, cedar and tobacco with lovely marzipan notes on the finish.

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Author Samuel Z125
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 05/21/2009

This was my first encounter with a 21 year old first grow and although 1988 is not a high rating vintage I have to say it is probably one of the best and least expensive ways to experience an aged first growth. We("we" being a gorup of 8 wine nuts that meet once a month to taste)tasted it side by side with a 2001 Mouton and a '73 Lafite, and it was outstanding, the 2001 being too young and the '73 having been a bad year this '88 took the honors. The nose in comparison to the 01 is more complex and deep, oaky and spicy with cassis. Has a taste dominated by the spicyness and finished with the berries and casis. A looong finish compared to the others, tannins that still bite. What a great experience

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Author stujakub
Site / Blog  Trust Rating 99.315%
Tasted On 10/13/2008

Aroma with traces of smoke, earth (dirt) and wet forest. Dark and deep fruit reflected in the density of the color. Lots of richness and intensity in the mouth. Drying tannins still there but the grip is completely gone. Balanced otherwise, but missing a little strength on the finish.

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