1991 Mouton Rothschild.
(France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
I was looking forward to this wine. The 1991 vintage is one of the less desirable in 2 decades but I was still excited to try it. The cork was super soaked and still good quality. We decanted this wine for about an hour. The nose was what I expected, a very earthy and old world smell. Green peppers, wet leaves, and not too fruity. Had hints of berries. Had the nose of a good quality wine. The color was surprisingly thinner than expected and was on the brownish side with just a little purple. On to the tasting. It went down hill from here. The palate was dull and boring overall. I could feel the old world quality trying to come out but it stayed somewhat flat. Strong on the green peppers and the earthiness was consistent. The berries were also consistent with the nose which brings me to a point that the nose really predicted the palate which is somewhat unusual. The finish was smooth and mature with a smooth balanced feel. Not too hot and the tannins stayed in their place.
Sorry folks. I was really hopping for a raving review on the Mouton Rothschild but cant give one and would have to say that specifically the 1991 vintage is still overpriced at $400.00. Its a pass for me and I will have to get into the 1982 or the 2000 vintage and change my opinion.