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  • Country ranking ?

    178
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Porterhouse Steaks with Gorgonzola Walnut Butter

Parker: The 1949's bouquet offers copious amounts of sweet, ripe cassis fruit, herbs, spicy oak, and a touch of coffee and cinnamon. Medium-bodied, with moderate tannin still noticeable, this compact, dark garnet, opaquely-colored wine possesses superb concentration and a remarkably long finish. It appears to be fully mature, yet the balance, length, and tannin level suggest this wine could last for another 20 years. The 1949 was always considered to be the late Baron's favorite vintage. While I find it a formidable Mouton, I have a preference for the 1945, 1947, 1959, 1982, and 1986. Last tasted 10/94.

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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 1949

The decade culminated with the hot year of 1949, when Bordeaux was hit by an unprecedented dry spell. Cold, rainy weather had hindered germination, which resulted in an exceptionally uneven distribution of pollen. This, in turn, made for a record small crop. With the arrival of summer, Bordeaux was subjected to a heat wave the likes of which it had never seen before. Temperatures as high as 43°C were recorded at Médoc. Early September brought massive thunderstorms followed by a period of ideal weather, which lasted until the harvest at the end of the month. The already small crop was made even smaller, but it produced a fantastically juicy wine that was extremely delicious even at a young age.

The wines themselves have more backbone and are more elegant than the 1947 vintage. Indeed, these are missing the concentration which is found in the 1945. Mouton-Rothschild, however, is a capable challenger of even the best 1945s and 1947s, with its ample body and balance. The dry white wines produced were also outstanding, even though they are no longer very drinkable. Conversely, the Sauternes grapes picked at the end of a record dry October produced unique, noble rot wines.


 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2013 2010 2005 2000
4 022€ +21.4% 3 313€ +11.9% 2 962€ +6.1% 2 791€ +137.9% 1 173€ +35.6% 865€

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

19 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Medium

flavors

Coffee and Earthy

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Complex, Well-structured, Balanced, Full-bodied, Elegant, Full, Fruity, Sweet and Silky tannins

Written Notes

The 1949 Mouton Rothschild was a great bottle of this wine though unfortunately a bit corked, but the transparency and clarity of the wine still came through on the palate. Tender, soft, smooth and easy, its corkiness blew off a bit to reveal cedar, leather, dust and tobacco flavors. Then, its cassis and black rose fruit flavors really came through. In fact, the cork seemed to disappear as both time and the wine kept unfolding in the glass. Round, beautiful and balanced, I really felt that I could still taste this seductive wine despite the initial, pronounced cork aromas, and I decided that my judgment of the wine was not clouded; hence, there will be no ‘A’ for affected for this score

  • 94p
The capsule and cork were in excellent condition, as well as the level with very promising colour. Instantly after opening the bouquet opened up and was very expansive and complex. From the first sip to the last, this was an absolutely fabulous and grand wine, despite it was Jan-Erik Paulson’s birth vintage. Extensive and shoft aftertaste. I enjoyed the wine very much, almost as musch as the good company of Jan-Erik. Ready and will not improve like Jan☺. At its peak in normal size bottles, but could easily last another five to ten years in magnums. Serious and pleasing experience!!
  • 95p

A truly thrilling wine and it stole the flight. You have cassis, herbs, cinnamon and coffee on the invigorating bouquet. It opens on the palate with the cassis, then black currants and a confection of roses almost, tinged with tobacco and cedar. The beauty and balance of the wine are remarkable at the mid palate. You then get some dill, soy, smokiness and spices. It is a Mouton that again takes the voluptuousness of ’47 and the concentration of ’45 and virtually harmonizes them. Past the mid palate the sweet fruit is a siren song, the mouthfeel is round, vivid, vital, an exemplar of the era. Plums, flowers and earth, the elegant, sweet and silky tannins, all in concert at the finish provide a joyous exclamation. 98 Points+

  • 98p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

Inside Information

STILL-LIFE WITH WINE BOTTLES AND GLASSES

The artist André Dignimont (1891–1965) was very closely linked by friendship with famous contemporary writers, who were associated, as was he, with the Parisian world of the literary salons. Above all, he was known as an illustrator of his friends’ books. Dignimont illustrated works by renowned authors, such as Balzac and Colette. Many of his images and illustrations were inspired by the lively goings-on of the salons and depict the entertainment that was on offer in cafés, cabarets and throughout the Parisian nightlife. Dignimont’s rural scene for the Mouton label is thus all the more surprising. He chose to depict a still life with wine bottles and glasses on a table in a village inn, a scene that is typical of the Bordeaux region.

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98p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

A truly thrilling wine and it stole the flight. You have cassis, herbs, cinnamon and coffee on the invigorating bouquet. It opens on the palate with the cassis, then black currants and a confection of roses almost, tinged with tobacco and cedar. The beauty and balance of the wine are remarkable at the mid palate. You then get some dill, soy, smokiness and spices. It is a Mouton that again takes the voluptuousness of ’47 and the concentration of ’45 and virtually harmonizes them. Past the mid palate the sweet fruit is a siren song, the mouthfeel is round, vivid, vital, an exemplar of the era. Plums, flowers and earth, the elegant, sweet and silky tannins, all in concert at the finish provide a joyous exclamation. 98 Points+

3m 17d ago

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

A beautiful magnum from the cellar of the late John Avery. An amazing nose so typical of a great Mouton. A perfect wine! I find it hard to decide which is the greatest wine I ever tasted - Moutons 1949 or 1945. 1945 with a bit more concentration or 1949 with more charm.

3m 19d ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

The 1949 Mouton Rothschild was a great bottle of this wine though unfortunately a bit corked, but the transparency and clarity of the wine still came through on the palate. Tender, soft, smooth and easy, its corkiness blew off a bit to reveal cedar, leather, dust and tobacco flavors. Then, its cassis and black rose fruit flavors really came through. In fact, the cork seemed to disappear as both time and the wine kept unfolding in the glass. Round, beautiful and balanced, I really felt that I could still taste this seductive wine despite the initial, pronounced cork aromas, and I decided that my judgment of the wine was not clouded; hence, there will be no ‘A’ for affected for this score

5m 29d ago

100p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

A wine-making tour-de-force that caught by surprise in terms of the thrilling grandeur of the wine. Some Mouton mint, coffee and cassis abound on the stellar bouquet. There is such a thrilling vein of acidity to this wine, which as with the best 49’s, takes some of the ’47 richness and some of the ’45 concentration and intertwines elements of both with surpassing elegance, sophistication and aplomb. You have cassis, herbs, mocha and cinnamon all contributing to the fanfare at and past the mid palate. The tannins are soft but evident, so becomingly modest yet so assured. The layers of rich, round, vivid, vital flavors, the apogee of a great era, leave you bliss filled and transfixed. Plums, flowers and earth all alluringly come together on a long, almost lascivious finish. This is just magnificence. 100 Points

6m 15d ago

97p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

Truffles, spicy blackcurrants, velvety structure, alive, extremely elegant and finesseful. Great complexity and length. Fabulous stuff.

7m 25d ago

99p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"1949 was the hottest summer ever recorded. I have always thought of 1949 as
a blend of the structure of 1945 and the richness of 1947.

Mouton is the star of the vintage and to me (and Baron Philippe Rothschild),
the greatest of all Moutons. A lovely wine, eucalyptus on the nose, great
fruit and a heavenly balance. This is my "desert island wine". Like me, it
is starting to show some age so don't decant too early."

1y 10m ago

98p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The centenary year for the Chateau, the label shows a portrait of Baron Nathaniel. This wine grew on me steadily, and while it gets sidelined against majestic Moutons like the ’45, ’47, ’49, ’55, ’59 and ’61, it readily belongs to that pantheon. Red fruit and spices on the nose, some soil notes, all however enveloped in the Mouton eucalyptus. Slightly low acid on the palate, but with an enveloping sensual roundness and unusual sweetness for Mouton. Some mint, fig and mocha then emerge. There is such smoothness and harmony here that when experienced alongside the impressive Mouton structure, I find it simply enchanting. There is intensity, grace and focus here, not as much power, as it crescendos with a trumpet blast of dark fruit and mocha, suffused with a simply alluring silkiness. 98 Points"

2y 12d ago

95p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The capsule and cork were in excellent condition, as well as the level with very promising colour. Instantly after opening the bouquet opened up and was very expansive and complex.
From the first sip to the last, this was an absolutely fabulous and grand wine, despite it was Jan-Erik Paulson’s birth vintage. Extensive and shoft aftertaste. I enjoyed the wine very much, almost as musch as the good company of Jan-Erik. Ready and will not improve like Jan☺.
At its peak in normal size bottles, but could easily last another five to ten years in magnums. Serious and pleasing experience!!
"

2y 8m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 1949 Mouton Rothcschild was again stunning, matching the bottle I had nearly three months prior. It was quite fresh, full of red fruits. This was a now, not an hour from now wine. It was really elegant, tender and feminine, quite pretty with its red fruits. Delicate and special, the ’49 had a touch of animal in a young herd kind of way (95)."

3y 5m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Time was flying by, and it was already 1949, a 1949 Mouton Rothschild, to be precise. This was another great nose, thick with coffee grinds and a pinch of green bean. This bottle was courtesy of Bad Boy, aka Bruce The Returner. Since he was only the third owner since release, he wasn’t returning this one . This was rich and fleshy with nice grit in the mouth. There were tobacco flavors, wet, brown and green ones all rolled in one. This was right on the border of outstanding, so I rounded up (95)."

3y 9m ago

99p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1949  ( 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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