This is pure Cabernet Sauvignon magic with incredible aromas of currants, blackberries and light spices. Tiny hints of hazelnut. Wet earth. Full body, with super velvety tannins. The purity of fruit is breathtaking. It goes on for minutes. This is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot. Try after 2020. jamessuckling.com
Huge, exotic multi-fruit nose, layers and layers of flavour, the richness lifted by ingrained acidity, perfect balance for such a richly textured wine, the best Mouton for years. Drink 2020-50. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com
Of all the First Growths, Mouton has perhaps the most seductive bouquet with macerated black cherries, crème de cassis, blackcurrant, mint and cedar all with very fine delineation but a drop more opulence than say, Lafite or Latour. The palate is full-bodied with saturated, ripe tannins, layers of pure blackberry and dark cherries intertwined with a touch of blueberry. Very good grip, very smooth and flirting with the idea of ostentatiousness...but 2010 is not that kind of vintage and the Cabernet defined the finish with graphite and a touch of, what almost feels great mineralité, much more so than the 2009. Great length and poise, this actually reminds me of the stupendous 2006. Drink 2020-2050. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com
Mouton Rothschild represents the largest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used in blend in the history of the chateau at 94%. The remainder is Merlot. The wine reached 14% alcohol, which is slightly higher than the estate achieved in 2009. From 49% of the harvest, which already experienced low yields due to the weather, the wine achieved natural concentration. Inky dark ruby with purple edges, abundant scents of cedar, truffle, tobacco, boysenberry, cassis, and hints of blueberry prepare your palate for a bath in pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich silk textures, power and refined elegance with a suave, exotic, opulent style is the signature of this wine which explodes on your palate and continues to broaden and expand in flavor. This is a great vintage of Mouton which competes with the sublime 2006. winecellarinsider.com
This strides in with distinction, starting off with a showy but integrated layer of espresso-infused toast, followed by plush tiers of crushed currant, plum and blackberry fruit interspersed with cocoa and well-roasted cedar notes. The long, tobacco- and loam-filled finish shows lots of heft, but stays polished. An impressive display of unadulterated, muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. James Molesworth, winespectator.com
The enormously endowed, backward, ferociously tannic, massively extracted 2010 Mouton-Rothschild exhibits an opaque blue/purple color as well as a tight but promising nose of incense, licorice, lead pencil shavings, vanilla, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied in the mouth, extremely young, and tasting like a barrel sample, this remarkable effort requires 10-15 years of cellaring. It should age well for half a century or more. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014
Tasted 17 Feb: Very youthful and very Cabernet and pretty spicy. Very correct and with an attractive dryness on the finish. Very snazzy.
Tasted 8 Apr: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot. Burnished dark pruney crimson. Very opulent and heady on the nose. Lovely perfume. Lots of fully ripe black fruits. Amazingly polished – so much so that you are almost distracted from the huge tannic charge. Not quite as dense as some of the greatest 2010s but very well balanced. Hugely Cabernet. As in 2009, great care has been taken not to produce too heavy a wine. There is almost Lafite-like structure here. Very, very polished middle palate. Bone dry, pretty tannic finish. jancisrobinson.com
Deep purple in colour, with notes of sweet plums, violets, and a hint of cedar and vanilla, this is a seductive, rich and powerful Mouton with plenty of dense flavours but disappointing in its slight lack of finesse and detail. There is however amazing density and weight here, with a richness and heaviness that come from very sweet, almost over-ripe fruit, so the wine will be embraced by those that prefer this kind of big rich ripe Mouton style. To my palate, the 2009 had more restraint and greater precision in its flavours. asianpalate.com
Ch. Mouton Rothschild, tasted twenty-four hours after coming out of the barrel, was a dense and deeply crimson concentration. Faint aromas of caramel, jasmine, polished oak and frankincense barely suggest its dynamic composition: firm, strong but supple tannins, integrated with soft laminations of fig, blackcurrant, black cherry,damson and minerals. A second sample, no more than forty-eight hours out of the barrel, was already more developed and had opened up a little. Tannins remained the same but fruit and other elements emerged through the mid palate and long finish. A certain voluptuousness will be balanced by a leather-bound character, long before its full maturity in the later 2030s.
Exotic, flamboyant liqueur fruit nose: sloes, damsons etc with a very pronounced violet component. It has a huge core of sweet, juicy fruit. Very fleshy, very polished. There is no doubt that this isa great wine and will induce huge pleasure in those who taste it. If we have one (very) slight reservation it is that at this stage Mouton lacks the wildness, the energy of Pontet Canet and Latour but then Mouton always needs a tick longer to coalesce. Great stuff this year!