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1989 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

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IWC 90
WA 90
WS 96

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Wine Maker's notes: "The wine has a deep colour with an attractive hue that shifts between ruby...

Product Overview

Wine Maker's notes: "The wine has a deep colour with an attractive hue that shifts between ruby and garnet red and a pleasantly smoky and toasty nose, set off by touches of liquorice, spice and cedarwoord. Round on the palate, it displays fresh fruit and a solid structure, striking a fine balance between satin tannins and a wealth of flavours, including caramel, wild berry fruit, vanilla, coffee and white pepper. The long and harmonious finish is beautifully poised between structure and creamy softness".

Wine Details

Bottle Size 750ml
Vintage 1989
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Producer Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Color Red
Future Arrival No
Country France
Featured Product No
Price $384.00

International Wine Cellarage (IWC) Review

IWC 90
Bright red with a pale rim. Floral, aromatic nose offers scents of lavender, sour red cherry, strawberry jelly, vanilla, cinnamon and minerals. Sweet, suave and fresh, with lively if delicate flavors of ripe red berries and plum nicely lifted by aromatic spices and cedar. Finishes bright and pure, with an enticing sense of refinement, but a tad short and diffuse. A very attractive wine but I would have liked a little more concentration. Tourbier feels that the ultra-hot year caused a super-ripening of the grapes, which led to softer tannins, less color and a slight compression of aromas and flavors. Ready to drink now. The average yield here of 65 hectoliters per hectare was higher than that of 1990 but lower than 1986. The summer was the second hottest recorded at the time since the war, and the vintage also recorded the lowest rainfall since 1949. Incidentally, this was Eric Tourbier's first vintage. The high new oak percentage, he told me, is a reflection of the fact that the vintage was considered a great one and Mouton bought a lot of new barrels that year. The very early harvest took place from September 6 through 25.

Wine Advocate (WA) Review

WA 90
Considering the vintages and the estate, Mouton's performances in 1989 and 1990 are puzzling. I have tasted these wines multiple times since my last reviews appeared in print. The 1989 Mouton-Rothschild is the superior wine, but in no sense is this a compelling wine if compared to the Moutons produced in 1995, 1986, and 1982. The 1989 displays a dark ruby color that is already beginning to reveal significant lightening at the edge. The bouquet is surprisingly evolved, offering up scents of cedar, sweet black fruits, lead pencil, and toasty oak. This elegant, medium-bodied restrained wine is beautifully made, stylish, and not dissimilar to the 1985. It is an excellent to outstanding Mouton that should be close to full maturity in 4-5 years; it will drink well for 15-20.-Robert Parker

Wine Spectactor (WS) Review

WS 96
Shows so much ripe and decadent fruit on the nose, from dried berries and raisin to strawberry and sultana. There is a nutty, cedar undertone as well. Very complex and full-bodied, with lots of vanilla bean and ripe plum flavors. This is almost Burgundian in texture: so soft and so attractive, but then the Bordeaux tannins kick in at the end. What a wine. So much ahead in its life, but just coming around now.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 25,000 cases made.
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