This is a mixed case of 2003 vintage wines from the three Bordeaux wine estates owned by the Rothschild family. The chateaux are the three northmost estates in Pauillac.
The centrepiece of the case is the 2003 Chateau Mouton Rothschild which commemorated the 150th anniversary of Rothschild ownership of the estate. As such the label features a photograph of Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild and a section of the deed of sale from 1853.
Following the Premier Cru wine, are two Fifth Growth chateaux; Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau d'Armailhac, acquired by Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1970 and 1934 respectively.
2003 Chateau Mouton Rothschild: (19/20)
"Very deep crimson. Strong ripe cassis notes on the nose. Very rich and savoury. Dramatic and silky. Very Mouton and almost flashy in its appeal. Very rich fruit with a silky texture. Deep and long. Just one thing: it didn’t last especially well in the decanter overnight which suggests it may not have a particularly long life ahead. But it's a gorgeous wine now." (Tasted on 08/11/2013)
2003 Chateau Clerc Milon: (16.5/20)
"Rather luscious, fully ripe fruit-driven opulent wine that is pretty alcoholic and rich and is at least not painful nor uncomfortable to drink. Dry end. Not the most concentrated but quite well balanced – except for the exceptional sweetness!" (Tasted on 01/10/2010)
2003 Chateau d'Armailhac (16/20)
"Deep crimson. Very rich and ripe – even some residual sugar? Then some rusty nail character and some tarry burnt quality. Fairly fast fade." (Tasted on 01/10/2010)
2003 Chateau Mouton Rothschild (91/100)
"The 2003 harvest began on September 15 and finished ten days later. The result is an outstanding 2003 Mouton-Rothschild, but it is not one of the superstars of Pauillac or the Northern Médoc. Its nearby neighbors, Lafite-Rothschild, Cos d’Estournel and Montrose, all produced wines that qualitatively dominate this effort from Mouton-Rothschild. Nevertheless, there is a lot to like. The tannins, which were so tough initially, have softened somewhat, and the nose offers up notes of cedarwood, roasted coffee, tobacco leaf and red and blackcurrants. This spicy, earthy, fleshy, medium to full-bodied 2003 is not one of the stars of the vintage. It is close to full maturity, where it should remain for another 10-15 years." (Tasted on 12/2014)
2003 Chateau Clerc Milon (91+/100)
“The dense ruby/purple-colored 2003 is surprisingly fresh and crisp, displaying no signs of the vintage’s extreme heat. This full-bodied, powerful, rich, backward, dense, tannic effort reveals notes of Chinese black tea, creme de cassis, licorice, and melted chocolate. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the next two decades.” (Tasted on 04/2006)
2003 Chateau d'Armailhac (90/100)
“The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 d’Armailhac exhibits notes of Asian plum sauce interwoven with creme de cassis, licorice, and roasted herbs. With moderately high yet sweet tannin, an earthy character, and chewy, muscular, deep fruit as well as medium to full body, it should be drunk between 2008-2019.” (Tasted on 04/2006)
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