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If the wine producers from different regions were asked to name the best vintages from their winemaking history, the most would name 1947 as one of the great ones. If we then compared them together there would be most likely only one vintage that the most if not every producer had named on list – 1947. 

The vintage 1947 was a magical vintage. It remains in the history as one of the only vintages that all well-established quality wine regions in the world were blessed with superb weather conditions. The heat waves  were experienced all around the world and for instance the whole Europe was bating under scorching sun and experiencing a heat wave  during the summer. This resulted very concentrated and highly ripe grapes. The producers had challenges to handle the very ripe grapes with high sugar levels as there was a constant risk of bacterial contamination in less hygenic cellars that had no artifical cooling systems. As there was no technology to use, many invoked on huge blocks of ice to cool the room temperautre down and even putting ice in their fermentation tanks. 

This vintage has proven to yield very long lasting wines from all around the world. The wines are marked with sweet and ripe fruit character and warming alcohol. Due to the poorly hygenic winemaking facilities, many of the wines show volatile characters. Some might find this as a fault, but for many mature wine lovers this feature is even a preferred character. However, when buying the wines from this vintage, one should be aware that there is high level of bottle variations and the risk of having highly volatile wines is remarkably high. 

Bordeaux

This year produced some of the greatest wines ever made in Bordeaux. The Right Bank was the most succesful. Château Cheval Blanc and Pétrus produced not only the best wines of the vintage but the best wines of the wineries from all times. The Left Bank did also well, but was not at the level of the Right Bank. Château Margaux represents one of the best wines from Left Bank. White dry Bordeauxs are outstanding quality as well as Sauternes which produced very intense and lusciously sweet wines with less botrytised character. 

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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 1947

PORTRAIT OF JEAN MARAIS / The work of Jean Cocteau (1889–1963) has belonged for a long time to the highest canon of French culture; by 1955, he had been admitted to the Académie Française. He was an artistic outsider of genius, with a great desire to create beauty on all levels. As an improvisational artist, author of poetry, novels and plays, a filmmaker and draughtsman, he set standards in many genres. This darling of the Parisian art scene found his inspiration particularly in Greek and Roman mythology. As a publicist, Cocteau contributed greatly to the comprehension of modern art and contemporary painting with his essays and articles about his artist friends, such as Picasso, de Chirico and Modigliani. He also made a name for himself as a surrealist. Regardless of whether he was producing swiftly executed sketches or extravagant illustrations, Cocteau dazzled with his apparently endless creativity and great playfulness. On the label for the 1947 Mouton, Cocteau portrayed Jean Marais, a long-time friend of his, who was also a visual artist and an actor, in a mythological pose with a bunch of grapes and a cornucopia.


 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2012 2010 2005 2000 1995
3 980€ -18.4% 4 877€ +62.7% 2 998€ +3.7% 2 892€ +70.8% 1 693€ +13.6% 1 490€ +174.4% 543€

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

20 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long, Gentle and Round

flavors

Vanilla, Blackcurrant, Chocolate and Dried-fruit

nose

Intense and Ripe

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Concentrated, Well-structured, Good texture, Developing, Medium-bodied, Ripe, Rich, Elegant, Sweet and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Exotic

Written Notes

1947 magnum showed why. I had an incredible bottle of this wine two weeks prior in Los Angeles, and this magnum was a step up from that. It was amazing; razor sharp, chunky, meaty and sweet with that minty edge and 200mph

  • 99p
1947 was an amazingly good vintage of very ripe, full and age-worthy wines. This Mouton looked like new. Cork and capsule in fair condition. A deep, very impressive colour, even more brilliant than the 1949 Mouton. Fabulous ripe, rich fruit, sweet vanilla and open nose. On the palate it was well balanced, very concentrated, not as complex as hoped, but had beautiful smoothness and structure. Soft tannins and sweet ripe fruit created a deliciously flirtatious taste experience, reflecting balance and quality in the form of a long aftertaste. Held in the glass for an hour and a half without drying up. A wine that has certainly survived the test of time.
  • 94p
Philippe Dhalluin of Mouton had told me as I was heading off to taste this some years back from the storied cellars of The Beau Rivage in Geneva, “It has really hit its stride recently, it is magnificent.” He was certainly right relative to the stirring showing of this wine in a relatively Right Bank vintage. This to me very clearly is the wine of the vintage in the Medoc. And the “hot vintage” elements last evening were so gracefully kept in check by Mouton’s beautiful structure. Ginger, coffee, cassis and mint swirl enticingly on the nose, and the wine opens with mint and black fruit, some apricot notes. At the mid palate poise and opulence seem to be dueling for precedence, but then the Mouton menthol, spices and nuttiness, and here some caramel and cassis, almost overtake the experience, and the nicely rounded tannins, and the gracious pervading core of fruit, the spice enlivened composure, lively if subtle acidity, along with truffles captivate on the simply bravura finish. 98 Points
  • 98p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

17

Inside Information

Parker 98 points / I have never had anything but extraordinary, decadent, fabulously rich, concentrated bottles of the 1947 Mouton-Rothschild. The exotic, ostentatious bouquet of ginger, mint, coffee, cedar, and gobs of cassis fruit is followed by a syrupy, viscously-textured, thick, juicy Mouton that is bursting with fruit. Although drinkable since I first tasted it over a decade ago, it exhibits no signs of fruit loss or color deterioration. It is one of the most exotic and opulent Mouton-Rothschilds I have ever tasted.

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1947  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

1947 magnum showed why. I had an incredible bottle of this wine two weeks prior in Los Angeles, and this magnum was a step up from that. It was amazing; razor sharp, chunky, meaty and sweet with that minty edge and 200mph

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1947  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Philippe Dhalluin of Mouton had told me as I was heading off to taste this some years back from the storied cellars of The Beau Rivage in Geneva, “It has really hit its stride recently, it is magnificent.” He was certainly right relative to the stirring showing of this wine in a relatively Right Bank vintage. This to me very clearly is the wine of the vintage in the Medoc. And the “hot vintage” elements last evening were so gracefully kept in check by Mouton’s beautiful structure.
Ginger, coffee, cassis and mint swirl enticingly on the nose, and the wine opens with mint and black fruit, some apricot notes. At the mid palate poise and opulence seem to be dueling for precedence, but then the Mouton menthol, spices and nuttiness, and here some caramel and cassis, almost overtake the experience, and the nicely rounded tannins, and the gracious pervading core of fruit, the spice enlivened composure, lively if subtle acidity, along with truffles captivate on the simply bravura finish. 98 Points
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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1947  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"1947 was an amazingly good vintage of very ripe, full and age-worthy wines.
This Mouton looked like new. Cork and capsule in fair condition. A deep, very impressive colour, even more brilliant than the 1949 Mouton. Fabulous ripe, rich fruit, sweet vanilla and open nose. On the palate it was well balanced, very concentrated, not as complex as hoped, but had beautiful smoothness and structure. Soft tannins and sweet ripe fruit created a deliciously flirtatious taste experience, reflecting balance and quality in the form of a long aftertaste. Held in the glass for an hour and a half without drying up. A wine that has certainly survived the test of time.
"

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