Baron Philippe de Rothschild Rèserve Mouton Cadet 2009 Saint-Emilion AC
Tasted July 2012
Grapes - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
Appearance - bright and clear with deep ruby colour, very slight clearer rim. Some visible tears.
Nose - clean and youthful, medium plus intensity aromas mainly of ripe but fresh red fruits like strawberry and cherry, some black currant, hints of capsicum, light sweetish toasted oak notes, tomato and some stalky notes.
Palate - dry, medium minus acidity although correct, medium plus tannin level slightly under ripe and bitter, medium plus alcohol level and body. flavours have medium intensity and going more towards oak notes resembling charred wood, raw kernal coffee notes, leafy, capsicum, some green olives and on the back come the notes of red fruits and black currant.
Conclusions (14/20) - good quality wine, shows some sense of place, a fleshy muscular structure and acceptable level of fruit concentration. On the other hand is showing flabby in acids and a very noticeable toasted oak with a long drying effect that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Needs food to balance out the harshness, preferably rich in red meats. This tannins could calm down along the road and the oak could better integrate the whole, but not quite sure the flavour intensity will go along with the mellowing process, so drink now if in stock.
Approximate retail price - €15
I have to say this wine is excessively expensive for what it's offering.