Chateau Mouton Rothschild is considered one of the great wines of the world exemplifying elegance, style and grace and the esteemed 1996 is a fine example of why.
The brilliant garnet colour is amazing to behold while the elegant smoky aromas mingle with subtle hints of leather, earth and jammy fruit.
A bold silky structure is evident on the palate where the flavor of toasty vanilla is nicely complemented with those of spice and fruit.
The generous and full-flavoured finish, with plenty of length, displays fine balance and an attractive underpinning of oak which carries the wine with great elegance and refinement.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 94
"... among the first-growths, this wine is showing surprising forwardness and complexity in its aromatics. It possesses an exuberant, flamboyant bouquet of roasted coffee, cassis, smoky oak, and soy sauce. The impressive 1996 Mouton-Rothschild offers impressive aromas of black currants, framboise, coffee, and new saddle leather. This full-bodied, ripe, rich, concentrated, superbly balanced wine is paradoxical in the sense that the aromatics suggest a far more evolved wine than the flavors reveal."
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 96
"Bright ruby with a palish rim. Intense, fragrant aromas of strawberry, iris, coffee, white pepper and bay leaf are lifted by an aromatic spice note; one can recognize the cabernet franc here. Rich, dense and suave, with very pure red fruit, cedar and herb flavors that coat the palate and are nicely carried by vibrant, harmonious acidity. Finishes with outstanding length, noble tannins and a late spicy, floral kick."