Mouton Rothschild 1990
Tasting Notes and Scores
The 1990 gets my nod as one of the three best Moutons since the great 1959 - the others being the 1982 and 1986. It is much more concentrated, backward, and less evolved than the 1989, and it is also less aggressively, or should I say excessively oaky than its predecessor. But for the long-term, there is more glycerin and concentration, and the finish is sweeter and longer in the 1990. The 1989 should drink well at an earlier age given its 1985-ish personality, whereas the 1990 is more of a long distance runner. This great Mouton is one of the most complete wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025. P.S. The Maitre de Chais, Michel Bosq, continues to agree that the 1990 is superior to the 1989, largely because their crop-thinning efforts were more severe in 1990. - 93-94pts Robert Parker (June 1992)
For a first-growth, this is an unqualified failure. It’s hard to know what went wrong, but after numerous tastings it is clear that this is a superficial, light Mouton that is already revealing some pink around the edge. Fresh menthol-infused red and black fruit notes are present, but the wine is medium-bodied and dry with an angular, austere finish. - 84pts Robert Parker (June 2009)
A less-than-extraordinary Mouton with licorice and sandalwood on the nose, but this is still lovely and easy to drink. Medium body, good fruit and soft tannins.
This one really turned on the charm and its was only when tasting the 1989 immediately afterwards that its very slight shortcomings (a certain blowsiness) were exposed. Glowing ruby with a foxy rim. Some brunt notes on the nose with great richness – very obviously a hot vintage. Rich, rich, rich. Blackcurrant fruit gum character. Much bigger and bolder than the 2000, for instance. Already smooth, welcoming and appetising. Much more refreshing on the palate than the nose. Quite a tingle on the finish. Some very fine tannins in retreat and definite acidity. A bit skinnier ultimately than the 1989 and slightly powdery on the finish.