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  • Country ranking ?

    244
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Saddle of devilled lamb with young vegetables

Parker 98 points : This is the highest score I have ever given this wine, which I have found to be distressingly variable in quality, much like the consistently inconsistent 1970. This bottle was just about everything one could desire in a great Mouton. Huge, cedary, cassis, lead pencil, menthol-like aromas soared from the glass. The black/purple color revealed no signs of lightening or amber at the edge. Full-bodied, rich, and super-intense, this was an a profound bottle of 1961 Mouton that would have stood up against the compelling 1959. It was so young I thought it might have been the 1982!

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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 1961

1961 – Georges Mathieu / Dynamic Lines and Red Dot
Georges Mathieu is a representative of the Art Informel movement of French art. He was born in 1921 in Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais). First, Matthieu studied philosophy and law; at the age of 21 he turned to painting and created realistic landscapes and portraits. Soon, his imagery became inspired by more abstract forms. He abhorred geometric abstraction, however. Beginning in 1944, Mathieu created non-representational-abstract paintings that were developed in a very intuitive creative act, guided by emotions.
Mathieu called himself the founder of lyrical abstraction and described painting in many interviews as “a ferocious battle with the canvas”. He often demonstrated his inimitable technique in front of an audience. Then he created big abstract paintings at great speed, which turned into magnificent spectacles of colour, their composition approaching an explosion.

Georges Mathieu often completed his paintings in only a few minutes, being convinced that it was the only way to express his innermost feelings without distortion. The speed of the painting process was supposed to make room for coincidences. In the early 1960s, he also created sculptural works and designs for furniture and murals. The dynamic and energy of Mathieu‘s artistic work is also reflected in his design for the Mouton label. His decorative, linear composition is reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy.

Frost and rain in the spring devastated almost the entire blossom. Hot summer months and a warm, pleasant September allowed the grapes that did not perish to thrive and provided an abundance of nutrients. With the best weather conditions and bright sunshine, Mouton harvested a good vintage in the end, albeit in low quantities.
 

 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
1 749€ -5.2% 1 844€ -7.0% 1 983€ -6.5% 2 121€ +5.7% 2 007€ -16.0% 2 390€ +8.1% 2 211€ +55.7% 1 420€ +116.8% 655€

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, Brick red and Dark

ending

Long, Gentle and Extensive

flavors

Herbs, Blackcurrant, Mint and Cassis

nose

Youthful, Seductive and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, High tannin, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Youthful, Full-bodied, Ripe, Focused, Rich and Sweet

Written Notes

Extraordinary to even see a bottle of this, let alone try it. Others at the tasting who had seen it before spoke of it being even better in years gone by but still a wonderful wine. Amazing colour – this is a fifty year old wine and still with great colour. Miracle wine. The colour was much deeper and richer than the '70 Lafite. A wine of rich complexity. Full-flavoured, lovely supple wine. Wonderful Bordeaux. Fully mature, great length. Balanced, concentrated, with very fine tannins. Supple, seamless, sensational. Sits with the very famous years of Mouton – 1945, 1982 etc. Also worth noting that when this wine was made, it was only a Second Growth, not being elevated to First Growth status in 1973. 98
  • 98p
It had a beautiful nose, subtle with a grapy, sexy sweetness and also with some seed aromas and dripping with gyro-like meat, a lamb-like quality. There were also great earth and carob aromas and touches of caraway and minerals. The palate was rich, smooth and delicious. The 1961 was fleshy yet still possessed a touch of grit and dusty length. There was great balance, and the 1961 was on its plateau with maybe a touch of ascension left. Pretty, delicious, mature, soft and plush, the 1961 was excellent but short of outstanding due to the lack of intensity left in its structure
  • 94p
I have tasted Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961 around 15 times, and all of those moments were unforgettable, not because of the place or company, but because of the wine itself, which has simply always been magnificent. This one was even better due to great company I had. Dark, deep and bright colour. Ripe cassis fruit, herbs and sweetness could be sensed in the bouquet. A strangely seductive combination that always works. Very youthful, rich, soft, voluptuous and elegant wine. A balanced acidity and tight fruitiness, long and pampering aftertaste. A gentle but most impressive acquaintance again
  • 99p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass Time

2h

Drinking Temperature

16

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Extraordinary to even see a bottle of this, let alone try it. Others at the tasting who had seen it before spoke of it being even better in years gone by but still a wonderful wine.
Amazing colour – this is a fifty year old wine and still with great colour. Miracle wine. The colour was much deeper and richer than the '70 Lafite.
A wine of rich complexity. Full-flavoured, lovely supple wine. Wonderful Bordeaux. Fully mature, great length. Balanced, concentrated, with very fine tannins. Supple, seamless, sensational.
Sits with the very famous years of Mouton – 1945, 1982 etc.
Also worth noting that when this wine was made, it was only a Second Growth, not being elevated to First Growth status in 1973.
98
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1y 1m ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"It had a beautiful nose, subtle with a grapy, sexy sweetness and also with some seed aromas and dripping with gyro-like meat, a lamb-like quality. There were also great earth and carob aromas and touches of caraway and minerals. The palate was rich, smooth and delicious. The 1961 was fleshy yet still possessed a touch of grit and dusty length. There was great balance, and the 1961 was on its plateau with maybe a touch of ascension left. Pretty, delicious, mature, soft and plush, the 1961 was excellent but short of outstanding due to the lack of intensity left in its structure "

1y 7m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"We didn’t waste much time, as the first flight was all 1961 Bordeaux. The 1961 Mouton Roithschild had a grapy and smoky nose that slinked out of the glass. Smooth and tender, this was erotically good, a ‘so sexy’ Mouton. There was carob balancing out its grape quality in this lovely wine. A refill added more spice, and the wine got richer with more coffee emerging over time. It became creamy and honeyed (95)."

1y 9m ago

99p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"I have tasted Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961 around 15 times, and all of those moments were unforgettable, not because of the place or company, but because of the wine itself, which has simply always been magnificent. This one was even better due to great company I had.
Dark, deep and bright colour. Ripe cassis fruit, herbs and sweetness could be sensed in the bouquet. A strangely seductive combination that always works. Very youthful, rich, soft, voluptuous and elegant wine. A balanced acidity and tight fruitiness, long and pampering aftertaste. A gentle but most impressive acquaintance again
"

2y 6m ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The shadow of the ’59 ran deep; otherwise, the 1961 Mouton Rothschild would have stood out even more like the champ that it was. It was also black in its fruit, possessing cedar and cobwebs. It was the best balanced of its flight, full-bodied and beautiful. One had to work at it more, but the ’61 revealed classic cedar, cassis and tobacco in subtle yet extraordinary ways (96)."

3y 4m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 1961 Mouton Rothschild was up for the ’61 Challenge. It also had a minty nose, but in a different way than the HB. The Mouton felt richer and was more minty, showing flashes of ’47 and ’74 Heitz on top (96)."

3y 7m ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 1961 Mouton Rothschild was smooth and caroby, pleasant and tasty with nice qualities all around. There were candy kisses to this easy wine, which was a bit easier than I had thought it would be (94M)."

4y 1m ago

99p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1961  ( 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 8m ago

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