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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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The bottle was in fine condition and level top-shoulder. Decanted for 15 minutes. Deep colour, already exceptionally mature at the edges. Surprisingly aromatic, soft and promising bouquet. Reached all corners of the nose. Light and one-dimensional on the palate. Some flavours of coffee, cedar and violets still present. Not very well-balanced or multidimensional wine but has some lovely sweetness of soft tannins and fruit left at the end. Relatively satisfactory claret from this feeble vintage.
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The 1965 Mouton Rothschild had sour milk and paint aromas in as good a way as possible, even Mr. 47 said it ‘wasn’t bad.’ It also had that Burgundian edge; it had flesh but was weedy and milky, about as close to the border of not recommended as any wine of the weekend (81).
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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1965  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The bottle was in fine condition and level top-shoulder. Decanted for 15 minutes. Deep colour, already exceptionally mature at the edges. Surprisingly aromatic, soft and promising bouquet. Reached all corners of the nose. Light and one-dimensional on the palate. Some flavours of coffee, cedar and violets still present. Not very well-balanced or multidimensional wine but has some lovely sweetness of soft tannins and fruit left at the end. Relatively satisfactory claret from this feeble vintage."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1965  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 1965 Mouton Rothschild had sour milk and paint aromas in as good a way as possible, even Mr. 47 said it ‘wasn’t bad.’ It also had that Burgundian edge; it had flesh but was weedy and milky, about as close to the border of not recommended as any wine of the weekend (81)."

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