Robert Parker 100
The 1982 Mouton Rothschild is drinking brilliantly today, soaring from the glass with aromas of cassis, dark berry fruit, charcoal, pencil shavings, espresso roast and loamy soil. Full-bodied, ample and enveloping, it’s a layered, sumptuous wine that’s remarkably seamless and complete, with impressive concentration, ripe but lively acids and fine, melting tannins. Long and resonant, this is a great wine that can keep company with the likes of Mouton’s 1961, 1959 and 1955.
Anticipated maturity: 2002-2042
The 1982 Mouton Rothschild also comes across as muted and lacking in expression. Time in the glass is of no help. This is a perplexing showing.
The vintage with the label designed by film director John Huston. Enjoyed alongside a bottle of 1982 Ch Latour with grouse. This wine with a little hint of brown in the hue was extremely sweet and opulent but seemed more evolved and very slightly less focused than the Latour. The acidity and sweetness seem in danger of detaching themselves from each other. There’s the leathery note – verging towards ‘old ladies’ handbag’, as someone once described the nose of Mouton. It would probably have shown even better if there had been no Latour 1982 with its extra freshness and potential alongside. It was certainly a treat.
Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030