Robert Parker 90
Tasted at 28-50 restaurant at the 1994 dinner. Like many 1994s, I feel that many of the top tier Clarets have nudged past their peaks and the First Growths are no exception. The nose is still fragrant with blackberry, mint, cassis and a touch of pastilles. It is surprisingly primal when compared to the likes of Las-Cases. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a pleasurable fleshy core. As before, it does not quite have the complexity of vintages produced in the noughties, although there is a pert little touch of fresh blueberry on the finish. Fine. Drink now-2020. Tasted November 2011.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020
1994 Mouton Rothschild: Sexy smoky, gingery oak, along with a hint of herbaceousness. Fruity and vinous, with good inner-mouth perfume, but the level of extract seems rather low for this wine. Finishes with slightly harsh tannins and some caramel oak. Lacks real precision and class. Not a strong performance for Mouton.
Harvested 19 September to 1 October. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Much lighter and leafier – some might describe it as ‘elegant’ Mouton. The fruit quality here is quite subdued and has a distinct cool edge, with no great concentration. All four bottles tasted remarkably similar. A little lean on the palate. This won’t improve with more maturation. (AWH)
Anticipated maturity: 2003-2015