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Mouton Rothschild 1945 sets new record at Koch sale

Ten bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945, from the collection of Bill Koch, has set a new record as one of the most expensive wine lots ever sold at auction. The lot sold for US$343,000 – well above its highest estimate of $120,000 – attracting bidding from around the world.

 

The sale was the first of three sessions focusing on the collection of billionaire Bill Koch, and took $4.8m with 900 lots nearly 100% sold. CEO and president of Sotheby’s Wine Americas and Asia, Jamie Ritchie, said: “We have seen an astonishing start to the Koch Cellar sale.

 

“The offerings on our opening day represent some of the greatest vintages from the world’s best wineries, with the likes of Mouton Rothschild 1945, Haut-Brion 1959, Palmer 1961 making rare appearances at auction. The prices realised are a testament to the reputation of one of the greatest cellars in the world.”

 

 

U.S. to auction real wine from fraudster Rudy Kurniawan who sold fake wine - The wines to be sold include several bottles of Romanée-Conti from Burgundy and a 1945 Château Mouton Rothschild​.

The U.S. Marshals Service plans to auction 4,711 bottles of wine that belonged to Rudy Kurniawan, the Indonesian wine dealer serving a 10-year prison term following his 2013 fraud conviction for making and selling counterfeit wine.

The 4,711 bottles have been deemed authentic, and will be sold in two online auctions starting on Nov. 24 and on Dec. 1, the Marshals Service said on Friday.

Kurniawan had kept the wine in storage in California and intended to use much of it to produce fake high-end wine, the Marshals Service added. Prosecutors said the fake wine from Kurniawan included some that he mixed in his kitchen.

Michael Egan, a former Sotheby's director who testified as an expert prosecution witness against Kurniawan, helped authenticate the wine being auctioned and removed bottles he determined were counterfeit, the Marshals Service said.

“It may sound ironic that we are selling wine that belonged to a convicted wine counterfeiter," Jason Martinez, assistant program manager of the Marshals Service'sasset forfeiture unit, said in a statement. "We are duty-bound to recoup as much value from the sale of these authentic wines as possible to compensate those who were victims of his fraud."

The wines to be sold include several bottles of Romanée-Conti from Burgundy and a 1945 Château Mouton Rothschild from Bordeaux with a faded vintage on the cork.

The auctions are being held at (txauction.com). Kurniawan is housed at the Taft Correctional Institute in California; he is not eligible for release until January 2021. Egan, who according to his website lives in France, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

 

 

We have tasted Mouton 1945 five times during the last twelve months and it was always a very exclusive moment for our friends and us. These two last bottles were in exceptional condition with fine unbroken labels. Levels were by the neck, and both bottles were decanted two hours before tasting. Deep, dark and thick color. Sound and wide-open, huge and incredibly sweet nose of black currant, coffee and eucalyptus. All the pieces came together in perfect balance creating such an extraordinary, highly concentrated, luxurious and prosperous wine with powerful, everlasting aftertaste. This is the Mother of all wines and it deserves my trust and eternal faithfulness. We take a low bow to it!

 

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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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Vintage 1945

Although the Mouton-Rothschild wines of 1955, 1959 and 1961 were normally perfect, the 1945 had always something extraordinary, which for me is hard to describe without deep emotion. Maybe that something is the longest and richest aftertaste, which keeps coming back again and again, or perhaps it´s the fact that it is the “Victory Vintage” that symbolizes the victory of good over evil, of freedom. I actually do not know, but I do know that there is nothing quite like a Mouton-Rothschild 1945.
To commemorate the Allied victory, Baron Philippe had the idea of embellishing the Mouton-Rothschild 1945 label with an artwork: On this occasion, a symbolic design intended to celebrate the return of peace. He commissioned this work from a young unknown artist, Philippe Julian. Julian submitted several drafts for the label and the final one is based on the famous “V for Victory”, made famous by Winston Churchill throughout the war, rallying forces of freedom.

This marked the beginning of a series of specially designed labels for each vintage, and for each year a different artist was commissioned and the payment was in wine.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
13 922€ +16.6% 11 945€ +21.7% 9 812€ +4.6% 9 377€ -8.2% 10 211€ +8.0% 9 455€ +19.8% 7 890€ +119.8% 3 590€ +101.1% 1 785€ +80.9% 987€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

49 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Dark

ending

Endless, Flavorful and Extensive

flavors

Blackcurrant, Coffee, Port-like, Vanilla, Toasty and Truffles

nose

Intense, Refined, Opulent and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, High tannin, Concentrated, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Elegant, Full and Sweet

Verdict

Masterpiece and Excellent

Written Notes

There had to be one wine of the weekend, and it might as well have been the 1945 Mouton Rothschild.  ‘OH YEAH’ is how my notes started.  This wine was everything it could be and should be, an absolutely perfect bottle.  It was nutty with aromas of caramel, cream, cedar and carob.  This was sexy everywhere, tall dark and handsome, all that and then some.  This was a superman amongst boys, and it still felt like it had a long way to go.  It ended up being wine of the weekend (99+).

  • 99p
Tasted six times during the last 24 months and it was always a very exclusive moment for our friends and myself. These two bottles were in exceptional condition with fine unbroken labels. Levels were by the neck, and both bottles were decanted two hours before tasting. Deep, dark and thick color. Sound and wide-open, huge and incredibly sweet nose of black currant, coffee and eucalyptus. All the pieces came together in perfect balance creating such an extraordinary, highly concentrated, luxurious and prosperous wine with powerful, everlasting aftertaste. This is the Mother of all wines and it deserves our trust and eternal faithfulness.
  • 100p
High shoulder. Opened just before poring. Great sheen and lightening now but great shaded ruby. Chocolate and rich rum toffees on the nose - This wine is easily identifiable because of its remarkably exotic, over-ripe, sweet nose of black fruits, coffee, tobacco, mocha, and Asian spices very close to the 1963 Nacional Quinta do Noval another perfect wine. Really sweet and intense with an amazing depth. Very clean but amazingly rich and intense. It is a Wine that will live forever. It is like eating berries covered with fine chocolate. Super sweet, unbelievably rich, and well structured. So different from the elegance of the 1953 Lafite and a huge surprise to me, my score palet is out of here-100p
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

When bottled

1947

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

Inside Information

VICTOIRE’ – THE LARGE ‘V’ Baron Philippe de Rothschild celebrated the victory of the Allies and the end of the Second World War with his highly symbolic choice of illustration for the Mouton label. The young artist Philippe Jullian and the Baron together chose the large ‘V’ (for ‘victoire’ or ‘victory’), the victory sign of the Allies and the symbol which then stood throughout Europe for resistance against the Nazis. Parisians ripped their metro tickets into the form of a ‘V’; and British planes formed the letter in the air with vapour trails. The appropriate sign in morse code was sent out repeatedly from London over the airwaves as an interval signal on Allied radio stations. The ‘V’ on Philippe Jullian’s label for Mouton-Rothschild documents, in a unique, universal way, the outbreak of peace and the return to normal life.

Parker 100 Points / A consistent 100-point wine (only because my point scale stops at that number), the 1945 Mouton-Rothschild is truly one of the immortal wines of the century. This wine is easily identifiable because of its remarkably exotic, over-ripe, sweet nose of black fruits, coffee, tobacco, mocha, and Asian spices. It is an extraordinarily dense, opulent, and rich wine, with layers of creamy fruit, behaveing more like a 1947 Pomerol than a structured, powerful, and tannic 1945. The wine finishes with a 60+ second display of ripe fruit, extract, and sweet tannin. This remarkably youthful wine (only light amber at the edge) is mindboggling! Will it last another 50 years?

 

 

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

There had to be one wine of the weekend, and it might as well have been the 1945 Mouton Rothschild.  ‘OH YEAH’ is how my notes started.  This wine was everything it could be and should be, an absolutely perfect bottle.  It was nutty with aromas of caramel, cream, cedar and carob.  This was sexy everywhere, tall dark and handsome, all that and then some.  This was a superman amongst boys, and it still felt like it had a long way to go.  It ended up being wine of the weekend (99+).

1m 14d ago

99p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

The last two wines of our evening were perfect strangers, brought together by fate and the Forbidden Cellar. We soared to new heights with the 1945 Mouton Rothschild that followed. This was everything this bottle was supposed to be, as sexy as sexy can be. Menthol, mint, and olive wafted from its beguiling nose. The palate was rich yet so smooth. It wowed with its cedar spice. It was delicate yet forceful, with light leather flavors. Meaty and spectacular, this wine was as rewarding as they come, delivering rich and fleshy caramel flavors on the finish with divine forest edges. It was absolutely delicious, an anywhere, anytime bottle.

6m 5d ago

100p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Tasted six times during the last 24 months and it was always a very exclusive moment for our friends and myself. These two bottles were in exceptional condition with fine unbroken labels. Levels were by the neck, and both bottles were decanted two hours before tasting. Deep, dark and thick color. Sound and wide-open, huge and incredibly sweet nose of black currant, coffee and eucalyptus. All the pieces came together in perfect balance creating such an extraordinary, highly concentrated, luxurious and prosperous wine with powerful, everlasting aftertaste. This is the Mother of all wines and it deserves our trust and eternal faithfulness."

1y 11m ago

99p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Unfortunately, two of the greatest wines of the vintage, Latour and Haut Brion, were oxidized bottles. It happens. When you play in the big leagues of great, old wines, there will be losses, but the wins will outnumber them in the end. The bottle of 1945 Mouton Rothschild that followed was so good, it made up for a hundred bad bottles. It had that signature mint and eucalyptus that has made this wine legendary, akin to 1974 Heitz Martha’s. There was meaty, chewy fruit that had just the right amount of sweetness with its caramel, cassis and mixed nut flavors. It had an endless finish, caressing every inch of my mouth all the way down to my soul. This was both mature and youthful, a middle-aged wine in great shape, so to speak. It wouldn’t surprise me if this wine had another 70 years left in it (99+)."

2y 4m ago

100p
 Ray Thomsen, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"High shoulder. Opened just before poring. Great sheen and lightening now but great shaded ruby. Chocolate and rich rum toffees on the nose - This wine is easily identifiable because of its remarkably exotic, over-ripe, sweet nose of black fruits, coffee, tobacco, mocha, and Asian spices very close to the 1963 Nacional Quinta do Noval another perfect wine. Really sweet and intense with an amazing depth. Very clean but amazingly rich and intense. It is a Wine that will live forever. It is like eating berries covered with fine chocolate. Super sweet, unbelievably rich, and well structured. So different from the elegance of the 1953 Lafite and a huge surprise to me, my score palet is out of here-100p"

2y 8m ago

98p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

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Levels were almost by the neck, and both bottles were decanted two hours before tasting. Deep, dark and thick colour. Sound and wide-open, huge incredibly sweet nose of black currant, coffee and eucalyptus. All the pieces came together in perfect balance creating such an extraordinary, highly concentrated, luxurious and prosperous wine with powerful, everlasting aftertaste. xxx"

2y 9m ago

97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The third flight began with the legendary 1945 Mouton Rothschild. This particular bottle was reconditioned at the Chateau in 1977. There was a lot of instant cooing and purring, and someone quickly hailed it as both ‘the most beautiful woman in the world and a weightlifter on steroids.’ I found aromas of coffee, red spice, tea, mint, red cherry and honey in its complex nose. Its palate was round and tender, yet full-bodied. It continued to put on weight in the glass as it aired. Ed found ‘cola and five spice,’ while Bob noted its ‘Asian spices.’ Cedar came out more and more, and ‘Grandma’s old parlor rug’ came from Ed again, I believe. Peter noted, ‘dry flowers.’ Ed gave it 99 points, but I settled on (97). The wine was spectacular, but I have had other bottles of this wine hit higher notes. Just the facts, ma’am."

3y 6m ago

99p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The last two wines of our evening were perfect strangers, brought together by fate and the Forbidden Cellar. We soared to new heights with the 1945 Mouton Rothschild that followed. This was everything this bottle was supposed to be, as sexy as sexy can be. Menthol, mint, and olive wafted from its beguiling nose. The palate was rich yet so smooth. It wowed with its cedar spice. It was delicate yet forceful, with light leather flavors. Meaty and spectacular, this wine was as rewarding as they come, delivering rich and fleshy caramel flavors on the finish with divine forest edges. It was absolutely delicious, an anywhere, anytime bottle."

4y 9m ago

100p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Gorgeour 1959 La Mission Haut-Brion. First, I would like to correct a common misconception: Château La Mission Haut-Brion is not now, nor has it ever been, the number two wine from Château Haut-Brion; in fact, the two estates were never even under the same ownership until the Dillons acquired it in 1983.The 1959 is not far behind the 1961 in quality. It has provided enjoyment for a long time and will continue to do so for a good many years."

4y 10m ago

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