Notes from Château Mouton Rothschild: "A dark and deep color, the wine has an uncomplicated but also precise and noble nose on which jammy and candied fruit aromas predominate, with an opening onto fruit in alcohol. The palate is both fresh and complex, candied fruit accompanying licorice flavors. Dense and chewy tannins continue to lend the wine a fine structure, while lingering fruit flavors extend into a long and warm finish."
This is a supremely elegant Mouton drinking perfectly after 90 minutes in decanter. Château Mouton Rothschild is universally considered one of the world's greatest wine estates, and the wines from this property have been celebrated by Americans going back to Thomas Jefferson.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 95 Points “Bottled in June, 1997, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular 1996. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Merlot, it reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is "great stuff," with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. There is outstanding purity and high tannin, but my instincts suggest this wine is lower in acidity and slightly fleshier than the brawnier, bigger 1996. Both are great efforts from Mouton-Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.”
- Red Blend