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To enhance the Mouton Rothschild 1994 label, the managers turned to the Dutch painter Karel Appel. He is the first Dutch artist to illustrate a Château label. This work reveals a couple dancing around a bottle drawn here in the form of a real totem, as if to free the spirit of the wine which is still imprisoned there.
Château Mouton Rothschild 1994 has a complex nose, with touches of leather, wax, oak and a floral underpinning. This Premier Cru Classé is made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.
CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 1994
(01-1997) Dark-colored, with intense aromas of blackberries, tar and spice, and toasted oak notes as well. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and a chewy, ripe fruit-accented finish. An impressive Mouton.
(11-2011) 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.