1996 Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WS 96
  • IWC 96
  • NM 95
  • WA 94
  • JS 94

Reviews for 1996 Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend

WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2007
Incredible nose of ultraripe fruit it's yet subtle and complex. Full-bodied with very ripe almost sweet fruit and a long long caressing finish. Superb. This is edging out the 1995.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best... Incredible nose of ultraripe fruit it's yet subtle and complex. Full-bodied with very ripe almost sweet fruit and a long long caressing finish. Superb. This is edging out the 1995.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. -JS
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Bright ruby with a palish rim. Intense fragrant aromas of strawberry iris coffee white pepper and bay leaf are lifted by an aromatic spice note; one can recognize the cabernet franc here. Rich dense and suave with very... Bright ruby with a palish rim. Intense fragrant aromas of strawberry iris coffee white pepper and bay leaf are lifted by an aromatic spice note; one can recognize the cabernet franc here. Rich dense and suave with very pure red fruit cedar and herb flavors that coat the palate and are nicely carried by vibrant harmonious acidity. Finishes with outstanding length noble tannins and a late spicy floral kick. This outstanding Mouton has improved enormously since its release. Tourbier agrees: "We were a little worried initially that this Mouton seemed too rigid almost austere. Instead it did a complete turnaround once bottled surprising us as well. - Ian D'Agata
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2011
This is an excellent Mouton-Rothschild that might warrant a higher score if it continues to improve. It has a “classic” Pauillac nose of graphite, pencil shavings and tobacco, later a whiff of a mahogany bureau in a... This is an excellent Mouton-Rothschild that might warrant a higher score if it continues to improve. It has a “classic” Pauillac nose of graphite, pencil shavings and tobacco, later a whiff of a mahogany bureau in a stately home. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, quite austere tannins, but wonderful balance and the tension that the 2000 so badly needs. Very harmonious and youthful towards the finish. It actually reminds me of the 1986 in some ways. Superb.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1999
This estate's staff believes that the 1996 Mouton-Rothschild is very complex. I agree that among the first-growths, this wine is showing surprising forwardness and complexity in its aromatics. It possesses an exuberant... This estate's staff believes that the 1996 Mouton-Rothschild is very complex. I agree that among the first-growths, this wine is showing surprising forwardness and complexity in its aromatics. It possesses an exuberant, flamboyant bouquet of roasted coffee, cassis, smoky oak, and soy sauce. The impressive 1996 Mouton-Rothschild offers impressive aromas of black currants, framboise, coffee, and new saddle leather. This full-bodied, ripe, rich, concentrated, superbly balanced wine is paradoxical in the sense that the aromatics suggest a far more evolved wine than the flavors reveal. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030. By the way, the 1996 blend consists of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. - Robert Parker
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, March 2015
Fabulous on the nose with aromas of currants, cedar, sweet tobacco, incense, and flowers. Full-bodied, with very fine silky tannins and similar flavors as the aromas. A slightly green undertone on the palate. Drink now... Fabulous on the nose with aromas of currants, cedar, sweet tobacco, incense, and flowers. Full-bodied, with very fine silky tannins and similar flavors as the aromas. A slightly green undertone on the palate. Drink now. Decant an hour before serving.