Mouton Rothschild is one of the five "first growths" in the 1855 classification of the great wines of Bordeaux, and it does not disappoint. This is one of the great wines of Bordeaux, and 2005 is one of the best years in the last fifteen. Mouton is known for being primarily based on Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2005 is no exception - 85% of the blend is Cabernet, with the balance being Merlot (14%) and Cabernet Franc (1%). The wine has an attractive colour, dark and deep, and an elegant, complex nose that combines refined notes of oak, toast and vanilla with intense, wild berry fruit. Touches of mint and spice complete the bouquet. The palate is both powerful and substantial, revealing attractively close-knit, juicy and succulent tannins combined with concentrated blackcurrant and blackberry flavours that reinforce the impression of fullness of flavour. The finish is very long, carried by a touch of sweetness and the perfect expression of rich, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon typical of great Pauillac vintages.