Château Mouton Rothschild 1990
Wine Spectator (6/30/2001) : 97
Black red. Coffee, cigar box and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, yet harmonious, with a lovely, silky texture. A caressing and rich wine. Gorgeous. I have underrated this in the past.
Parker # 109 (2/1/1997) : 87 Maturity: 2006-2020
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 1990 is a hard, lean, austere, tannic style of Mouton that I predict will never shed enough tannin to attain complete harmony and balance. The wine exhibits a deep ruby color, less noticeable sweet oak than it possessed 2-3 years ago, hints of ripe blackcurrant fruit, and an attenuated, angular, tough style that is uncharacteristic of this chateau's winemaking, as well as the character of the 1990 vintage. This wine needs at least 10-15 years of cellaring, but don't expect a balanced Mouton when the tannin fades away - the wine is not that concentrated. In the context of a great vintage, Mouton's 1990 is a disappointment.
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MB ***[**] (6/2000): In 1991 I preferred the 1989 which, of course, had a head start, being a year older. Yet, a matter of two years after bottling it had generated an almost explosively rich, spicy nose; very sweet, full and packed with goodies. Leaping over the next two notes (poor bottles at the Eigensatz tasting), its bouquet was fully developed and its fine texture and length noted (Hollywood Wine Society Mouton presentation, 1998) and a further jump of two years to Penning-Rowsell's '10 year' tasting. Here, alongside its first growth peers, it was still fairly deep coloured; bouquet clamouring to get out, opening up rapturously, though I was too aware of the new oak spiciness- attractive but oak, like garlic, should be present but not overdone. Sweet, rich, lively, a touch of leanness and pinched tannin and acidity. Impressive but needs time. Drink 2005-2020.