The wine has a fine, deep red colour with a slightly brickish tint and a subtle nose, a lovely marriage of jammy fruit, black cherry, some toasty, roasted notes and a pleasant touch of mint that brings freshness and refinement. Seductive on the palate, it has compact, well-balanced tannins in a nicely rounded structure enhanced by rich and complex flavours of blackcurrant liqueur, with powerful mineral notes. The finish is full and dense, long, stylish and generous, entirely typical of the vintage.
The Wine Advocate 95 Points- "Bottled in June, 1997, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular 1996. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Merlot, it reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is "great stuff," with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. There is outstanding purity and high tannin, but my instincts suggest this wine is lower in acidity and slightly fleshier than the brawnier, bigger 1996. Both are great efforts from Mouton-Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030."