1978 Mouton Rothschild

The bottle was in good condition, top-shoulder. Brick core with a golden russet rim.  Aromas are all tertiary, smoky, earthy. I find the palate to be one-dimensional and frankly, a bit tired.  The tannins are smooth but dominant in the experience, the fruit is faded. This bottle sparked a bit of disagreement between the “Lovers of Very Old Bordeaux No Matter What” and the rest of us.  The absence of bell pepper was a positive point in its corner.  I wish I’d had it 10 years ago.  To me the wine had very little energy and the lack of dimension on the palate didn’t score any helpful points either.  Perhaps it was this bottle?

1984 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild

The appearance is hazy with a deep garnet core and pink rim. The nose showed developed aromas of dried herbs & vegetation, smoke and cassis that evolves into a more briary note. The palate is medium-bodied, soft and round on the attack with delicious sweet/sour cherry fruit and fresh acidity giving way to a layer of smoke. Although not overly complex, it is well-structured and a seamless experience. We found the tannins on the finish a touch chalky and drying which would likely be mitigated by drinking it with food. Medium in length. Overall, a very pleasant surprise for the vintage. There’s life left in this one!