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Parker 100 Points : If the 1985 continues to evolve easily and in a flattering manner, the 1982 continues to close down, preparing itself for an extraordinarily long life. The 1982 Mouton was one of the greatest, most impressively structured and richest young red wines I ever tasted from cask and during the first 4-5 years after bottling. Since then, the wine has continued to exhibit massive weight and richness, but the explosive bouquet has become more restrained and the tannin levels more noticeable. Tasted twice during the past summer, the wine was identical at both tastings. The color remains an opaque dark ruby/purple with no evidence of amber or orange at the edge. The nose offers subtle lead pencil, jammy black cassis, and toasty vanillin aromas, but even after several hours of breathing they no longer soar from the glass as the did five or six years ago. In the mouth, this enormously concentrated, massive wine is easily the richest Mouton-Rothschild produced since 1945. In that sense, it is an even denser wine the extraordinary 1986. The tannins are noticeable and the acid level is sound. The finish is spectacular, but the wine is extremely tight and structured, and would appear to need at least another decade of cellaring before it reaches its plateau of maturity. I suspect this Mouton will last 50+ years. 

 

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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 1982

Climatic conditions at the Château / The winter of 1982 was unusually mild: temperatures in January, February and March were somewhat higher than average and there was less rainfall than usual. The vegetation cycle began rapidly, with budbreak for the three red grape varieties starting very evenly on 30 March. The warm weather continued in April and May, with some welcome rain in June.

Flowering took place between 30 May and 3 June depending on the variety, almost 12 days earlier than the average. Dry weather continued in July, heatwave conditions bringing a violent storm on 30 July. Fortunately August, while remaining fine, was not excessively hot; showers in the first week were extremely beneficial for the vines.The precocity observed during flowering was attenuated in early summer as maturation was slowed by high temperatures. Veraison began in the first days of August. The grapes were in absolutely outstanding condition, maturing in ideal conditions in September and raising hopes of a very fine vintage.

Harvest: 15 to 24 September
Varietal mix:
Cabernet Sauvignon 85%
Cabernet Franc 8%
Merlot 7%
Chateau Tasting notes:
The colour is dense and deep with a slightly amber tint, while the nose reveals aromas of gingerbread, mint, very ripe fruit, blackcurrant and bilberry, with notes of cinnamon, toast and mocha. From a firm and silky attack with an elegant tannic structure of velvety, patrician tannins, the wine develops a full, round body with suggestions of liquorice and caramel. Fresh, stylish, seductive and charming, with notes of chocolate, this is a powerful wine with attractive length


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Average Bottle Price

2015 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
1 092€ +0.6% 1 086€ +4.1% 1 043€ -8.7% 1 142€ +15.7% 987€ -23.4% 1 289€ +9.4% 1 178€ +114.6% 549€

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

45 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Ruby red and Clear

ending

Long, Extensive and Smooth

flavors

Blackcurrant, Cigar-box, Toasty, Smoky, Tobacco and Floral

nose

Complex, Refined, Seductive and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Developing, Full-bodied, Aggressive, Vigor, Fresh, Harmonious, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Outstanding and Masterpiece

Written Notes

1982 was intense and definitely a wine that one had to dig into. This wine was not going to give itself to us just like that. The breed was staggering, deep and thunderous with a centerpoint, a veritable eye amidst a tornado of a structure. The wine was flat out enormous, almost freaky in nature compared to the personalities of its previous brethren. The cedar was just, just starting to emerge. I immediately told Jefery, of Los Angeles, the real one if you remember, 'don't touch this wine for another twenty years,' because it will be spectacular. There is no doubt in my mind that good bottles of 1982 Mouton will in the end stack up with the other great Moutons of the 20th century, and we all know Bordeaux doesn't truly get great until the age of thirty, right? The wine was still shy, yet sturdy and sly, quite 'longgggg,' I wrote

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The vintage 1982 is one of the most legendary for wine connoisseurs. It was not only the wine year of the decade, but also one of the century's best ones together with the vintages 1961, 1945, 1928 and 1900. The sunny and warm weather produced full, fruity and powerful wines throughout Bordeaux. Mouton-Rothschild 1982 / Gorgeous-looking bottle, and level by the neck. A deep, dark and rich colour. Beautifully developed complex bouquet with a hint of spices, smoked meat and jammy blackcurrants. This is a full-bodied, spicy and fruity wine with unaggressive tannins. The vividly acid, full taste is complemented by an intensive, silky mouth feel. This intense and well-balanced wine finished with more than a 90-second demonstration of sweet fruit and silky tannins. A great wine, which will last for many decades. Classic stuff!
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Consistent notes. Fantastic nose of perfectly ripe fruit with grace and depth. Heaven on the palate with perfect integration of fruit and tannin, strong structure, richness, exceptional purity, depth and length. Wow. I guess this wine will easily keep until 2040!

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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

2h

Drinking Temperature

17

Inside Information

The vintage 1982 is one of the most legendary for wine connoisseurs. It was not only the wine year of the decade, but also one of the century's best ones together with the vintages 1961, 1945, 1928 and 1900. The sunny and warm weather produced full, fruity and powerful wines throughout Bordeaux.

Gorgeous-looking bottle, and level by the neck. A deep, dark and rich colour. Beautifully developed complex bouquet with a hint of spices, smoked meat and jammy blackcurrants. This is a full-bodied, spicy and fruity wine with unaggressive tannins. The vividly acid, full taste is complemented by an intensive, silky mouth feel. This intense and well-balanced wine finished with more than a 90-second demonstration of sweet fruit and silky tannins. A great wine, which will last for many decades. Classic stuff!

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

1982 was intense and definitely a wine that one had to dig into. This wine was not going to give itself to us just like that. The breed was staggering, deep and thunderous with a centerpoint, a veritable eye amidst a tornado of a structure. The wine was flat out enormous, almost freaky in nature compared to the personalities of its previous brethren. The cedar was just, just starting to emerge. I immediately told Jefery, of Los Angeles, the real one if you remember, 'don't touch this wine for another twenty years,' because it will be spectacular. There is no doubt in my mind that good bottles of 1982 Mouton will in the end stack up with the other great Moutons of the 20th century, and we all know Bordeaux doesn't truly get great until the age of thirty, right? The wine was still shy, yet sturdy and sly, quite 'longgggg,' I wrote

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

Consistent notes. Fantastic nose of perfectly ripe fruit with grace and depth. Heaven on the palate with perfect integration of fruit and tannin, strong structure, richness, exceptional purity, depth and length. Wow. I guess this wine will easily keep until 2040!

6m 13h ago

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 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

Time to get serious! A Parker 100 pointer and maybe the most heralded wine of the vintage. Good color and concentration in the glass, a fairly faint nose of leather, dried flowers and spices. Flavors of cassis and berry jump out, with some earthy elements in the background, there is noticeable acidity which keeps the wine lively at first, but seems to contribute to a thinning on the finish. I guess I expected more… richness, flavor, ripeness- something. It may be that my expectations were too hyped; if I tasted it blind, I might have been a less demanding critic. But as it was, I give it a 90.

6m 13d ago

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"To me, still a great wine, though needing far more development, particularly in this format. The ’82 in single bottles, is about 5-10 years away from prime-time drinking. In this format, perhaps double that. In the wine world, the vote seems split between those who adore the stunning Latour ’82 which is in a perfect place today, and those who continue to believe that the underlying elements of greatness, discernible in the ’82 Mouton, will lead to it eventually surpassing even the Latour. On the nose you get cassis, licorice, tobacco, mint, and some cocoa. It opens with harmonious acidity, and evolving blackberry and blackcurrant flavors (when they surge fully forth, it will be transfixing). There is a latent inner mouth perfume past the mid palate, amazing structure, and a stratum of complexity starting to be evident awaiting fuller disclosure. It has a lovely finish and was beautiful with the La Tur/Ewephoria/Comte Fondue. It has 40 plus years at least ahead of it of development and potential improvement. 95 Points (for showing not potential)"

1y 1m ago

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The bouquet is transfixing, coffee, cassis, licorice, macerated cherries. It is a monumental wine in the making, just not yet at a peak as Latour clearly is. It has the ingredients of greatness, and displays many of the attributes already. Crème de cassis, mint, dark fruit, tobacco lace the palate, then as it reaches the mid palate, blackberry and blueberry framed by well marshaled acidity, it then rallies majestically as it heads towards the finish. Though it still is a little tightly coiled in terms of its full expression, the finish is full bodied, layered, complex, even a tad flamboyant, awaiting just some additional blossoming for its full range of expressiveness to realize the perfection that seems in store. 97 Points+ (2 votes for wine of the flight, 5 second place votes)"

1y 2m ago

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 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Chateau Mouton Rothschild– surprisingly fresh raspberry/blackberry aroma with background notes of tobacco and earth. Satin texture. Full, ripe black fruit flavors with lots of structure. Tasted early and I went back to it later and found it fading a bit. Still, lots to love here. 98 points"

1y 4m ago

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 Alper Alpaslan, Pro (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"8 Great Bordeaux

1.Flight Latour 1990 MG vs Lynch Bages 1989 MG
2 Flight La Mission Haut Brion 1989 vs Haut Brion 1989
3.Flight Mouton 1982 vs Latour 1982 MG
4 Flight Mouton 1986 vs Lafite 1986

A legend, opened 24 hours before, wild, compact, dense and elegant in one way, incredible young. This is a wine I would decant for 12-14h, a lot of Minerality, the cassis fruit is jumping out of the glas, aristocratic wine with a super long finish, 99-100, but just "second" in this flight"

1y 6m ago

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The vintage 1982 is one of the most legendary for wine connoisseurs. It was not only the wine year of the decade, but also one of the century's best ones together with the vintages 1961, 1945, 1928 and 1900. The sunny and warm weather produced full, fruity and powerful wines throughout Bordeaux.
Mouton-Rothschild 1982 / Gorgeous-looking bottle, and level by the neck. A deep, dark and rich colour. Beautifully developed complex bouquet with a hint of spices, smoked meat and jammy blackcurrants. This is a full-bodied, spicy and fruity wine with unaggressive tannins. The vividly acid, full taste is complemented by an intensive, silky mouth feel. This intense and well-balanced wine finished with more than a 90-second demonstration of sweet fruit and silky tannins. A great wine, which will last for many decades. Classic stuff!
"

1y 10m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 1982 Mouton Rothschild was another level. It, too, was tight, but darker and deeper as well. This was a spectacular wine that wasn’t all about the pleasure; in fact, it may more have been about the pain and rain, but it was much longer than anything we had this night. This was a lifetime wine, and while arguably all of the Burgundies gave more pleasure now, there was no question which wine would still be standing long after all of us. The debate of now versus later in the context of greatness will always be debatable, and while I got more pleasure out of the Burgundies, I still recognized that this was the wine of the night (97+)."

1y 10m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"This bottle of 1982 Mouton Rothschild wasn’t as ripe as the one in Nantucket. It was more pointed, a touch leaner, with leather, cedar and a nice, long finish. There was more fruit in the mouth and on the finish, and it kept getting better. This was big and polished (97)."

2y 2m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 1982 Mouton Rothschild was much tighter in the nose, but more open on the palate. There were hints of BBQ, cassis, green fruit and honey. Rich, buttery and raw potential oozed into my mouth. This was the most open and giving ’82 Mouton that I have ever had. The fruit had more layers than government red tape, and it went fifteen levels below ground zero, making it (98+).
"

2y 2m ago

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 Frank Smulders MW, Pro (Austria)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Mouton-Rothschild was not far behind the La Mission Haut-Brion, in a more dense, concentrated style. Muscular and masculin, perfect tannin, thick layers of black fruit. Monumental. "

2y 3m ago

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