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    4 030
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    47
  • Decanting time

    30min
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  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Loin with Carrot Risotto

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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Vintage 1926

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. History
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)

Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. B.P. 117 – 33250 Pauillac Phone : +33 5 56 73 20 20
Fax : +33 5 56 73 20 44 www.bpdr.com

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Cherry Red and Healthy

ending

Long and Smooth

flavors

Cedar and Herbs

nose

Mature and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Multi-dimensional, Well-structured, Full-bodied, One-dimensional, Elegant, Ripe, Rich and Sweet

Written Notes

We moved to the reds immediately, where a magnum of something intriguing awaited. The first red was very floral and pungent in its nose, with lots of red fruits, BBQ and carob at first sniff. Graves and 1952 came to my mind for this dry Bordeaux. At least I got the Bordeaux part right! Charcoal and gravel cemented my initial thoughts, but this was a 90 year old 1926 Mouton Rothschild. Out of magnum. Sifu in the hoooowwwwwwsssssssse…make that his house. This was another older wine that got better and better in the glass. This was an extraordinary bottle, and black olives, cream, dust and minerals emerged. The Sifu added, ‘game, cassis, mint. Quite typical Mouton.’ I’ll have what he’s having (95M).
  • 95p
Very good-looking magnum with top-shoulder level. In the past I have tasted Mouton 1926 twice from normal bottle, and they were both quite tired and did not reveal all their qualities anymore. The variation between bottle formats is virtually always superior as the decades go by, and some vintages that appear relatively tired in bottle, can be much more alive and fresh in magnums, as this Mouton 1926 magnum well proved. Decanted two hours before tasting. Very good, dark and bright color. Wonderful, classic old-Cabernet nose with the touch of sweet black fruits, herbs and cedar. Full-bodied and powerful but in a gentle way. Excellent depth and ripeness with good balance. Long and smooth finish. Otherwise an excellent wine, but it dried out in the glass too fast, becoming more marked by acidity and hard tannin after 30 minutes. Anyway, a truly respectable example of this wine.
  • 93p

Cork soaked and fragile, Mouton Rothschild and Pauillac stated on the part of the cork that came up whole. Above mid shoulder, ruby with orange rim. Pencil shave, some green peppers, leather, spices, elegant, anis, even some blackcurrants. Pure and such elegance in the mouth, red berries, perfect texture, caressing, very balanced acidity, works perfectly, some cigar notes, refreshing, intense, pure, tannins almost gone. And such a length, last for minutes. 96

  • 96p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1926  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

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