1989 Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 98
  • WS 96
  • JR 93
  • WA 93
  • IWC 90

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JS 98
jamessuckling.com, March 2015
Freshly picked blackberries turn into minty dark chocolate and oozing caramel with domineering eucalyptus on the nose. It becomes yet more complex on the palate thanks to layers upon layers of spices and sage plus fat and... Freshly picked blackberries turn into minty dark chocolate and oozing caramel with domineering eucalyptus on the nose. It becomes yet more complex on the palate thanks to layers upon layers of spices and sage plus fat and rounded tannins. There's a long finish with a bitter aftertaste, suggesting this could do with another 10 years or more of bottle aging. This is a Mouton I found massive at the time, then elegant and slightly austere years later, but today true to its former glory. Like the amazing 1947, it should not be forgotten.
WS 96
Wine Spectator, January 2010
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... 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. 25000 cases made. -JS
JR 93
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, June 2011
Rather less intense colour than the 1988. More subtle development on the nose than the 1988 but still slightly chewy tannins. Big and brassy. You could enjoy this with food now. Fluid and with lots of fruit. 18/20
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2017
Tasted from magnum and presented by Baron Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, the 1989 Château Mouton-Rothschild might not reach the ethereal heights of the 1982 or 1986, but it is certainly a lovely Claret. It has an... Tasted from magnum and presented by Baron Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, the 1989 Château Mouton-Rothschild might not reach the ethereal heights of the 1982 or 1986, but it is certainly a lovely Claret. It has an attractive, slightly leafy bouquet armed with cedar and pencil lead. There is less fruit concentration than I expected, resolutely classic, slightly austere Bordeaux. The palate follows suit. What it lacks in substance it compensates with in balance and personality. This is an understated Mouton-Rothschild that is probably at its peak, although I envisage this offering another two decades of pleasure. Whilst this showing did not replicate some glorious bottles in the past, it remains a very fine Claret that may not be inclined to improve any further. Tasted February 2016. - Neal Martin
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
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... 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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1989
Percent alcohol 12.5%
Closure Cork