Source: Wine Advocate; Published: Jan 01, 1998
This is an uninspiring effort from Mouton, notwithstanding the vintage conditions that were unfavorable. It is medium ruby in color, with a stemmy, stalky, unripe aroma, lean, austere, overly tannic flavors, and an astringent finish. Time may help, but I have my doubts. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 10/83.
The 1980 Mouton Rothschild label features the work of French-German artist Hans Hartung. Always in the forefront of the greatest wines of Bordeaux, Mouton Rothschild was the first estate to begin complete Chateau-bottling of the harvest ? a historic step initiated in 1924 by the late Philippe de Rothschild. It is the only Chateau in the Classification of 1855 to achieve reclassification as a First Growth.