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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    Now-2040
  • Food Pairing

    Honey Soy Venison

 I am always blown away by the 1959 Mouton!

Parker 100 points: I am always blown away by the 1959 Mouton, one of the greatest Moutons made in the last thirty-five years. Every time I have this wine it is undeniable that Mouton made a richer, more persuasive wine in 1959 than in 1961. Astonishingly young and unevolved, with a black/purple color, the wine exhibits a youthful nose of cassis, minerals, and new oak. It is exceptionally powerful and super-extracted, with the fruit supported by high levels of tannin and some lusty quantities of alcohol. This mammoth, full-bodied Mouton-Rothschild should continue to evolve for another 20-30 years. It may well be a 100-year wine!

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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 1959

1959 Château Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac)

In 1960, when the Bordeaux 1959 vintage came into the market, some critics predicted the wines would not age in a good way because of their low acidity and high alcohol. But excellent years such as 1947, 1945 and 1928 were all characterised by low acidity and high alcohol, and as we all acknowledge, these vintages are still generous to drink, as is this marvellous Mouton.

Excellent appearance, level by the neck. This was, as expected, a gorgeous and approachable wine. At first quite closed and blank, but after half an hour it had a sound sensual and reduced nose, and became rich and intense. It's all there, and it is graceful and exciting. Mouton 1959 really takes you to another planet. This is one of those rare "feet off the ground" wines, with unbelievable presence.
When people talk about great claret, this is what they are talking about. Classic stuff!


February and March showed their best side. April was very hot and the weather remained warm in May. June and July were dominated by great heat, while August was pleasantly warm and dry.
There was enough rain in September.

99p 1959 Château Mouton-Rothschild 20012/2025 x12 D 2 h/G 2 h

In 1960, when the Bordeaux 1959 vintage came onto the market, some critics predicted the wines would not age in a good way because of their low acidity and high alcohol. But excellent years such as 1947, 1945 and 1928 were all characterised by low acidity and high alcohol, and as we all acknowledge, these vintages are still generous to drink, as is this marvellous Mouton.

Excellent appearance; level by the neck. This was, as expected, a gorgeous and approachable wine. At first quite closed and blank, but after half an hour it had a sound, sensual and reduced nose, and became rich and intense. It‘s all there, and it is graceful and exciting; Mouton 1959 really takes you to another planet. This is one of those rare “feet off the ground“ wines, with unbelievable presence. When people talk about great claret, this is what they are talking about. Classic stuff! Drink now to 2025

PN

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
2 895€ +9.0% 2 655€ +32.2% 2 009€ -7.2% 2 165€ +8.8% 1 989€ -18.2% 2 432€ +11.1% 2 189€ +57.5% 1 390€ +92.5% 722€

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

32 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Ruby red and Bright

ending

Long, Spicy and Smooth

flavors

Leather, Coffee, Blackberry, Vanilla, Truffles and Cassis

nose

Intense, Refined, Generous and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Complex, Mature, Full-bodied, Rich, Ripe, Elegant, Dry and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Excellent

Written Notes

If this were a game of chess, there would be four logical moves. Thankfully, two of them were played. The 1959 Mouton Rothschild was very minty, possessing that classic, old Mouton menthol. There was also ripe cassis to this sexy nose, along with thick cement and cedar qualities. Chocolate, cream and forest flavors abounded in this delicious wine. There was great balance to this toffee and coffee orgy, and ‘eucalyptus, classic mint (and) lead pencil’ came from the crowd (95).

  • 95p

A brilliant 1959, a wonderful example of terroir, vintage and wine-making. It lacks the sheer latent sex appeal of the ’59 Lafite, and some of the sensuous majesty of the Latour. And after quibbling at altitudes, the confession: a stunning, great wine. Dark fruit, mint and juniper abound on the nose. It opens with cherries and cassis, transitioning from lustiness to quintessential Pauillac poise at and past the mid palate. It picks up considerable energy, almost sorbet like on the finish, leather and chocolate offer almost uncanny harmony and then the Mouton eucalyptus struts its stuff with panache and zeal. More elements need to harmonize, but it already is a riveting wine. 96-97 Points+

  • 97p
From the moment it was opened, the nose was amazing. Leather, tobacco, cedar, earthy, deep dried cassis fruit wafting up from the glass. A sensory overload without even tasting the wine! Alas, at first sip, the palate seemed lacking. There were hints of all the above characteristics, but the fruit was hidden. The wine was soft & easy to drink, but just seemed tired. BUT WAIT…PATIENCE is a virtue, right? Just a few minutes later, with some air, the fruit began to blossom & open up. The wine was still soft, but all the promise of the nose began to be more & more fulfilled with each sip, as the fruit deepened with time and air. When our dinner was placed on the table…the wine got even better with the food. A bite of food, swirl the wine in your mouth…can it get better than this?
  • 99p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass Time

1h

Drinking Temperature

16

Inside Information

1959 – Richard Lippold  -  Bright Red Grapes

The German-American artist Richard Lippold (1915–2002) began his career as an industrial designer. In the early 1940s, he came to fame with his linear metal sculptures. His first major work was bought right away by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Some of his often monumental sculptures are displayed in similarly prominent American places, such as the Lincoln Center, the former Pan-American Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Lippold’s great technical skill creates the impression of an almost weightless use of metal. With his compositions, he managed to design divided spaces and rearrange them in a geographic manner. The weightlessness of Lippold’s art and his understanding of three-dimensional geometry are apparent in his design for the Mouton label. The colours and shapes of Richard Lippold‘s abstract drawing are reminiscent of rows of vines with bright red grapes.

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97p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

A brilliant 1959, a wonderful example of terroir, vintage and wine-making. It lacks the sheer latent sex appeal of the ’59 Lafite, and some of the sensuous majesty of the Latour. And after quibbling at altitudes, the confession: a stunning, great wine. Dark fruit, mint and juniper abound on the nose. It opens with cherries and cassis, transitioning from lustiness to quintessential Pauillac poise at and past the mid palate. It picks up considerable energy, almost sorbet like on the finish, leather and chocolate offer almost uncanny harmony and then the Mouton eucalyptus struts its stuff with panache and zeal. More elements need to harmonize, but it already is a riveting wine. 96-97 Points+

2m 23d ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

If this were a game of chess, there would be four logical moves. Thankfully, two of them were played. The 1959 Mouton Rothschild was very minty, possessing that classic, old Mouton menthol. There was also ripe cassis to this sexy nose, along with thick cement and cedar qualities. Chocolate, cream and forest flavors abounded in this delicious wine. There was great balance to this toffee and coffee orgy, and ‘eucalyptus, classic mint (and) lead pencil’ came from the crowd (95).

7m 16d ago

99p
 Fred Gold, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"From the moment it was opened, the nose was amazing. Leather, tobacco, cedar, earthy, deep dried cassis fruit wafting up from the glass. A sensory overload without even tasting the wine!

Alas, at first sip, the palate seemed lacking. There were hints of all the above characteristics, but the fruit was hidden. The wine was soft & easy to drink, but just seemed tired. BUT WAIT…PATIENCE is a virtue, right?

Just a few minutes later, with some air, the fruit began to blossom & open up. The wine was still soft, but all the promise of the nose began to be more & more fulfilled with each sip, as the fruit deepened with time and air. When our dinner was placed on the table…the wine got even better with the food. A bite of food, swirl the wine in your mouth…can it get better than this?"

1y 2m ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"On three separate occasions this very same week! You know the saying, 'When it rains, drink up.' That reminds me of another saying, 'When it's sunny, drink up.' Ok, back to the wine. It had a 'stove top stuffing' of a nose that was nutty, creamy, meaty and oily, full of fruit and rich caramel aromas. This was the freshest bottle that I had this week, another divine nose that was deep, chocolaty and nutty. The palate was rich and spiny, possessing excellent acidity with flashes of fruit and earth, and great minerals on its finish. This was definitely the best of the three bottles but they were all similarly close in quality "

1y 5m ago

98p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

""Mature bouquet of pepper, herbs, chocolate. Then unbelievably elegant on the palate with sweet extracts, nuts, tobacco, vanilla, some tobacco.""

1y 7m ago

99p
 Magnus Egerdahl Nørsett, Sommelier (Norway)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"So fresh, but still matured. Fantastic eucalyptus and mint notes, on top of fresh cassis. Sexy wine!"

1y 10m ago

98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 1959 Mouton Rothschild hit the highest note of the weekend so far, ‘awesome’ as it was put. It had a great nose that was so deep and black with its young fruit. There were so many layers and complexity, garden and coffee being two examples. This was the fullest, biggest and blackest of them all, still delicate but all about the boom. This was the clock striking midnight and Cinderella coming home all in one (98)."

3y 2m ago

99p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Mouton Rotschild 1959

From a bottle with level at mid shoulder.
Pitch black in color with just a slim garnet red rim.
Ripe, open and very very intense nose of coffee, pure dark berries, soy, mushrooms, asian spices. A touch of VA but very deep and alluring. Huge nose that ticks every box.

Full bodied with massively concentrated fruit of ripe dark plums, cassis, coffee, chocolate, mushrooms, tobacco and cedar wood. Very smooth and mature, silky tannins that keeps the huge palate in check on the never ending finish. A mind blowing wine that is still youthful and perfectly balanced. This beast keeps more or less unchanged in the glass for three hours.
Divine.
A bottle with perfect level probably has one more point in it.
Now-2030
99p"

4y 6d ago

99p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1959  ( 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 6m ago

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