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The Story

Château Mouton Rothschild A Premier Cru Classé in 1973, Château Mouton Rothschild, owned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, consists of 205 acres of vines near Pauillac, in the Médoc, North West of the city of Bordeaux. This Premier Cru benefits from exceptionally good natural conditions, both in the quality of the soil, the position of its vines and their exposure to the sun. It is regarded today as one of the world's greatest wine. 


The name Mouton is said to be derived from the word „Motte“ meaning mound or elevation of the ground. It was bought in 1853 by Philippe de Rothschilds great-grand father it was in a fairly bad shape and when the classification of 1855 was set up it was not deemed to be good enough to be qualified as a first growth but put in first place amongst the second growths. An injustice it took Philippe de Rothschild until 1973 to rectify. 1920s Philippe de Rothschild called together the owners of Haut Brion, Latour, Lafite, Margaux and Yquem to talk about the idea of bottling and marketing their wines on their own.

The first vintage to be bottled exclusivly at the château was the 1924 vintage. To commemorate this, the cubistic painter Carlu was asked to design the label, yet another revolutionary idea in this most conservative of surroundings. The idea of an artist designing the labels was dropped until 1945 when Philippe Jullian was asked to design a label commemorating the victory over nazi Germany. Since then works of such famous artists as Picasso, Miró, Dali, Chagall and personalities like John Huston and Prince Charles have been used for the labels.
In 1988, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who had already been associated with her father's work for some time, succeeded her father. She has in turn become the guarantor of the quality of an illustrious wine whose motto proudly proclaims : "Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change". First I am, second I was, I Mouton do not change

Vineyard soil: very deep gravel on a limestone base Production area: 82.5 ha Grape varieties: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot Average age of vines: 48 years Harvest method: hand picked. The grapes from the younger vines are harvested first and vinified separately.

Winemaking: Before destemming, the grapes are hand-sorted then selected one by one. Vinification depends on each vintage and the characteristics of each vat. All the relevant parameters, such as temperature, pumping over, aeration, vatting time and running off, are monitored by the technical manager, the cellar-master and the laboratory.
Ageing: 19 to 22 months in oak barrels (almost all new, the percentage varying according to the vintage)
 

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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium

flavors

Earthy

nose

Ripe, Generous, Volatile and Mature

taste

Average in Acidity, Low tannin, Tired, Medium-bodied, Round and Drying tannins

Written Notes

Note on the bottle states 1921 Mouton Rothschild, second Grand Cru. Label badly damaged, half a castle barely visible, resembling that on Lynch Bages label on top of label, and below MOU N ROTHS LD barely readable and Rothschild arrows show in bottom left corner (see pic 3). Mid shoulder fill, nothing stated or visible on old and soaked cork. Rubyish colour with orange rim. Pencil, cedar and whiff of leather, anis with some fine Earl Grey tea notes. Fresh acidity, thin body and palate, but the acidity carries it like a nerve holding it together, hollow, lean and short finish. 80

Deffinitely an old Médoc, and likely to be Pauillac, maybe even Mouton. Vintage was not or barelly visible initially, but after extremmely carefull cleaning of the label, 19 and space and then 1 can be seen if not clearly, it's visible. (Se pictures one and two) In the 2 space there are spots of colour in places that would be natural for a number two. All the three different hand vritten notes on the bottle states 1921, with one of them also stating Mähler-Besse. Bottle is likely to be hand blown as there is lots of air bubbles and its not even surface. No signs of two halves glued together.

 

  • 80p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is medium. On the nose it is open, mature, ripe, generous and volatile. The taste is round, with low tannin ., with drying tannins, and average in acidity, medium-bodied and tired. On the palate it is layered and has earthy flavours. The finish is medium long.
  • 92p

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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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