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!
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)
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
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