2001 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

Grapes Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 1er Cru Classé

86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. No Petit Verdot at all this year. Maybe it was the morning I went to Mouton, but others seem to have tasted this better than me. The nose hints of spice, but is fundamentally dumb, the colour deep, and the appearance suggests lots of richness and glycerine. The wine is clearly densely-packed, and opens a little, eventually, with a dry intensity - but it is all a bit ‘monobloc’ with a sense of having to search for the flavour in the dry scrub of the tannic structure. Their claim to have done shorter macerations than normal here so as not to extract pip tannins may be real, but they certainly have not lifted the pedal very far. L&S (Mar 2005)

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Very smoky, with berry, coffee and tobacco aromas. Full-bodied, with polished velvety tannins, plenty of fruit and a cedary aftertaste. Tight and compacted. This is better than the 2000 Mouton. It's a baby 1986 Mouton. Solid and very, very fine. Persists for a long time on the palate. Best after 2009. Rating: 94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(Sep 2011)

Silly, heavier bottle than most. Dark crimson. Sweet tobacco notes and then a bit of greenness. Not the most mellifluous Mouton. A little jagged and awkward. 2012-2028 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2011)

Tasted blind. This has another outstanding bouquet with notes of blackberry, wild hedgerow, graphite and a touch of orange peel. Great delineation and vigour, a little more generous than Lafite that overtakes after an hour in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, superb acidity, great depth but perhaps just missing the persistency and vigour of the Lafite. Great mineralite on the tobacco and autumn leaf-finish. Tasted March 2011. Rating: 94-94 Neal Martin, 2011)

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