1988 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac France
The wine has an intense, garnet red color with a coppery tint and a highly refined nose, mingling attractive floral notes of lily and lilac with more complex aromas of vanilla, licorice, tobacco and chocolate, then some more mineral notes that emerge with airing. Full on the palate, its tannins are enfolded in a stylish structure that melts into a rich array of flavors in which kirsch and blackcurrant liqueur combine with coffee, caramel and a touch of menthol. The finish is fresh and well-balanced, pleasantly long, combining power and refinement. A classic Pauillac.
There's licorice here along with mint, some lead pencil and flowers. It's full and round displaying wonderful vanilla and plum flavors. Very silky and refined yet dense and caressing. A beauty, though it does turn a little dry, always revealing its wood.
Rated 93 Points James Suckling