The whole Mouton stable of wines this year was quite simply spectacular, but the Grand Vin itself was otherworldly. With such a majestic nose of deeply concentrated blackberries and cream, it was very hard to drag the glass away to actually taste it. It is exceptionally unctuous, silky, almost with the consistency of single cream. Incredible, ripe, but not overly so, with red and black fruits, and a really dense compote of woodland lushness.
The tannins are gloriously wrapped up within the satin creaminess of its dense but elegant body and it has an extraordinary finish of minutes not seconds. Tasting and writing about the First Growths has now become something of an elite treat as we know that there is no chance we shall be able to afford to drink these incredible wines, but if I could afford to drink the best of the best, I’d find it hugely encouraging that they really are the Top Guns of the wine world and really deserve their status. An incredible Mouton: bravo!
(94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot)