Château Mouton-Rothschild is the final First Growth to release its 2020 wines en primeur this year, with potential 98-point scores from several critics, and 99 and 100 points from Lisa Perotti-Brown MW and James Suckling respectively.
Perotti-Brown captures the essence of this vintage, saying it has a "gently teasing, achingly beautiful restraint that collectors are not going to want to miss". Her drinking window also reaches almost into the 2070s...a wine for futurologists as well as collectors!
The 2020 is the first vintage to be made under Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy, Mouton's new estate manager, who takes over from Philippe Dhalluin, retiring after fifteen years. Several of the critics note a more cerebral style, which will take some years to evolve, with Jane Anson suggesting that it "Could go to 100 points after ageing."
Alongside the grand vin, Mouton's rare white wine Aile d'Argent is also released. From a tiny plot of white grapevines planted in the 1980s, this latest vintage also has a more linear, focused feel than previously.
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See Jean-Emmanuele Danjoy and Philippe de Serys Rothschild introduce the 2020 vintage: