Thrice Is Nice: Bordeaux 2020 in Bottle (Feb 2023)

The 2020 Mouton Rothschild has a taut and fresh bouquet, vibrant black fruit, cedar and graphite – wonderful mineralité that floods through in this First Growth. This is a less flamboyant than the 2019, yet arguably more sophisticated and terroir-driven. The palate is medium-bodied with fine filigree tannins, an unerring sense of symmetry here, gradually building in the mouth towards a distinctively classically styled and quite persistent finish, pencil lead lingering on the aftertaste. This is an outstanding/upstanding Mouton-Rothschild.