The wine has an attractive, bright and brilliant colour with a ruby tint and a full, open nose on lovely fresh red fruit and cherry aromas mingled with more complex notes of spice and clove.
Very expressive on the palate, it quickly opens out on round, fine tannins sustained by wild berry flavours (blackberry) with a slightly mineral touch.
The finish, attractively expressing the character of the appellation, strikes a just the right balance between the wine's rounded structure and array of flavours.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2004 Mouton-Rothschild was the first vintage for Philippe Dhalluin, who was so successful in persuading the late Philippine de Rothschild to institute a more strict selection with respect to Mouton-Rothschild. The outstanding 2004 exhibits delicious notes of cedarwood, Christmas fruitcake, blackcurrants and toast. The wine possesses outstanding concentration, medium to full body, excellent purity, hints of forest floor and underbrush, and sweet, velvety tannin. It is on a fast evolutionary track, so consume this over the next 10-15 years. (Dec 2014)
Wine Advocate 91 points - Deep garnet colour. Aromas of warm cassis, dried plum, cloves and pencil shavings. Medium+ acidity and medium to firm, fine tannins. Long finish. Tasted August 2009. (Jan 2010)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Beautiful aromas of crushed berries and chocolate, with hints of Indian spices. Full-bodied, with silky, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. A lovely wine for the vintage. This is the first wine from the new winemaking team at Mouton and is showing really well. Best after 2011. 23,000 cases made. –JS
92-94 A wine that is powerful, highly extracted and intense. The chocolate flavors and serious, dry tannins go with big, fat blackberry fruits and finishing acidity. (Mar 31 2007)