Robert Parker 96+
Perhaps the most beautiful packaging ever on a Bordeaux bottle, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild literally produced a work of art in the gold-engraved bottle of 2000 Mouton Rothschild. Of course, one can’t drink the glass, but this is a top-flight Mouton Rothschild, eclipsed only by the 2006 and 2009. A rich, tannic, earthy style, with loads of creme de cassis and floral notes, the final blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot is a full-bodied wine with plenty of coffee, earth, chocolatey notes, and still plenty of tannin to resolve. I gave it an anticipated maturity range of 2015-2050 back in 2003, and that looks on target.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050
More developed rim than most. Slightly raw, callow nose. Some sweetness on the front palate and then tannin on the very finish. Rather simpler than most other left bank 2000 first growths. Light, slightly green finish. Shorter than most and rather spindly – not absolutely obvious first growth from a tip top vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon 86% plus Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 80% went into the grand vin. Production was higher than the other first growths at 22,000 cases. 12.5% £580
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018