In April James tasted the Bordeaux 2020 barrel samples with Philippe Sereys de Rothschild (owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild), Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy (Estates Manager for the three Bordeaux properties – Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau d'Armailhac), and Ariane Khaida (Executive Director, Chateaux Wines – Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Clerc Milon, Chateau d'Armailhac and Domaine de Baronarques).
James describes the Chateau Mouton (when compared to Le Petit Mouton) as "much tighter-grain tannins... still vertical but many more layers of tannins, it just spreads across your palate." There's a "warm vintage character to it but still cool at the same time." Chateau Clerc Milon came through with plush tannins, which resulted in a flavor that was "more primary," full of pure fruit.
Watch the video to hear more on their conversation and to discover their thoughts on the 2020 vintages, plus the compositions of each wine, at https://www.jamessuckling.com/videos/video-tasting-interview-tasting-2020-vintages-chateau-mouton-rothschild/
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