Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Served from no less than an imperial bottle, the large format probably had a part to play in this strong performance of Mouton Rothschild, notable for it being the first as a First rather than a Second. It had a slightly muffled but quite powerful nose of sage, dusky black fruit (mulberry and blackberry), leather and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasant rounded mouthfeel. It is clearly not a complex First Growth but it is certainly not oxidized and decrepit. There is a pleasant herbaceous core with a slight mustiness towards the finish. You know, this is enjoyable if like me, you keep your expectations…realistic. Drink now. Tasted June 2012.
1973 was a historical year for Chateau Mouton Rothschild. This is was the first year that the Chateau was upgraded to “First Growth”
The bottle features the art of Pablo Picasso
Stored in a professional climate controlled wine facility on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since release.
Outstanding label. Top shoulder fill level. Capsule is tight and without corrosion.
This is about as good as this vintage gets. I have yet to see one at base neck in the past 15 years. Most have severe label imperfections.
So overall A+++ for a 73 Mouton.