Black red. Coffee, cigar box and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, yet harmonious, with a lovely, silky texture. A caressing and rich wine. Gorgeous. I have underrated this in the past.--Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2005.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC
Bright red with a pale rim. Knockout nose of aromatic herbs, strawberry, sweet spices and acacia flower; yet another wine strongly marked by its cabernet franc presence. Fresh and vibrant, this absolutely dances on the palate with strawberry, sour red cherry and raspberry flavors complicated by gunflint and herbs. High acidity provides great clarity and cut to the long, floral, smoothly tannic finish. This has improved considerably with bottle age. Harvested from September 18 through October 3, this Mouton offers amazing balance and fragrance. In 1990 Mouton was still using a heavy toast for its barriques, which resulted in a smoky quality in the wines that was considered by many to be just as typical of Mouton as its opulence. "But we began turning things back in 1993, as we saw that our 1992 was a little unbalanced from the use of heavily toasted barrels," said Tourbier remarks.
Label Artist Francis Bacon - Born in Dublin, the English artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) claimed he did not find his style until 1945, with his “Three Studies of Figures at the Foot of a Crucifixion”. Acclaim came much later and it was not until the 1980s that Bacon gained recognition as one of the great painters of the century.
Continuing to reject all official honors, he remained obstinately bohemian in his private life. His painting is impossible to pigeon-hole in any school: it celebrates naked flesh, virility, the male figure captured in a scathing isolation, racked by birth-pangs, agony or some vague sickness of being, between Greek tragedy and contemporary angst. “I have never”, he once said, “been able to paint a smile”.
Set against flat-painted backgrounds, often in very vivid colours, bodies stretch and contract as if in a distorting mirror, imprisoned in a network of geometric lines obeying no recognizable perspective.
A man who loved wine, Bacon created a weird, whirling dance about a wine-glass for the Mouton Rothschild 1990 label, distorting it to the curve of the bottle.