Mouton Rothschild 1982
Tasting Notes Mouton Rothschild 1982
Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. What a curious showing for Mouton ’82 – a wine I have had a number of times. It habitually ravishing, flamboyant nature has somehow been tamed in this particular bottle (and it is not faulty in any way.) It is the most austere, backward aromatic profile that I have ever encountered on this particular wine, opening slowly with graphite, blueberry, cassis and liquorice. The palate is full-bodied and against, is the most reserved that I have met. It is beautifully balanced, pure and builds nicely towards its precocious finish that reverts to type. It is a brilliant wine, but I feel one that is out-classed by both Lafite and Latour in this occasion. Tasted November 2012.
Deep brick colored, this has intense sweaty saddle and pencil lead aromas over a core of dried berries, earth and old leather. There’s still some stewed fruit flavors clinging to the palate but it is really past its best with just the very crisp acid and medium level of chewy tannins lingering in the finish. I suspect this bottle may not have been stored well.
What an amazing red. It's so very youthful with toasted oak, light vanilla, and dark berries such as currants and blueberries. Then it turns to mint. This is so fresh and intensely fruity. It lasts for minutes on your palate with each sip. It is so powerful yet elegant. It will improve for hundreds of years. I would still leave it in my cellar for five or ten years. If you need to drink it, decant it three to four hours in advance.