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.
Bordeaux En Primeur, landing in spring 2023
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See Jean-Emmanuele Danjoy and Philippe de Serys Rothschild introduce the 2020 vintage:
|RED||2020||1 case||Château Mouton Rothschild||75cl||£3,200 per case of 6||Château Mouton Rothschild
2020 / 1 case / 75cl
£3,200 per case of 6
|WHITE||2020||Château Mouton Rothschild - Aile d'Argent||75cl||£430 per case of 6||Château Mouton Rothschild
2020 / / 75cl
£430 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Aile d'Argent is terrific. Aromatic and vibrant, it possesses terrific energy and a bit more verve than in the past. The blocked malo style works especially well in this vintage. The Sauvignon Blanc is quite expressive, especially in the wine's aromatic profile. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"The 2020 Aile d’Argent was picked early, from August 24, to keep the acidity, with no skin contact and no malolactics in the final blend. The winemaking team used all the Sauvignon Gris to obtain richness, and the wine will be bottled in early June. It has an alluring, perfumed bouquet of honeysuckle, orange pith and lime scents, very well defined and the oak skillfully integrated. The palate is smooth in texture, displaying just the right amount of bitterness to lend edge on the entry, and quite tangy compared to recent vintages, featuring lime, melon and gooseberry notes, touches of lemongrass coming through toward the finish. Delicious. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The first year made entirely under the direction of Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy. I was expecting this to be the wine in the Mouton stable with the most evident transition from Philippe Dhalluin, and certainly you see a little less exuberance, a little more sculpting rather than width, with sea breeze and citrus aromatics. Plenty of bright pineapple and apricot flavours, with nuance and balance, and the salty cracker finish that you always want from this wine. Will be bottled in June 2021. Harvest began on August 24 (same as 2011, joint earliest on record) through to 28. No more malolactic during winemaking as you saw (usually just 5-10%) under Dhalluin, and no skin contact, but the rich mouthfeel is instead found through a higher proportion of Sauvignon Gris, and no longer co-fermented with the Sauvignon Blanc. Drinking Window 2022 - 2030. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Composed of 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Sauvignon Gris and 34% Sémillon, the 2020 Aile d'Argent has no Muscadelle this year, no skin contact and no malolactic. It sails out of the glass with fabulously flamboyant notes of fresh pineapple, nectarines and jasmine, plus suggestions of key lime pie, passion fruit and orange zest. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers opulent tropical and citrus fruit layers, supported by plenty of freshness and a decadent touch of oiliness to the texture, finishing long and impactful. So hard to resist even at this nascent stage, I can't wait to see how this is going to age! 93-95+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com------"This is full-bodied with layers of fruit. Ripe and flavorful. Lots going on with a fleshy feel. No malolactic this year. Sweet peach, honeysuckle and citrus. Contrastive. 52% sauvignon blanc, 14% sauvignon gris and 34% semillon. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com