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A legend!

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

48 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

The 1982 Mouton Rothschild is one of my other all-time faves from the vintage, but in a different way.  This wine has always been the wine I would want in 2050, God willing.  It is still such a tight wine.  There was great cigar box to its nose, but this was clearly a wine about structure.  There was some nut and carob here, and the Carolina Panther found ‘earth and mushrooms.’  The wine thickened in the glass, almost daring you to drink it over the next 24 hours (97+).

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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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The bouquet is transfixing, coffee, cassis, licorice, macerated cherries. It is a monumental wine now finally approaching its apogee. The ingredients of greatness are displayed with such transfixing exuberance. 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. There is then a spirited rally as it heads towards the finish. Uncoiling now and coming close to full expressiveness, the finish is full bodied, layered, complex, certainly a tad flamboyant, awaiting just some additional blossoming for its emerging depth to realize the perfection that seems in store. 98 Points+

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A level fill, bottom neck, cork half soaked. Ruby with thin garnet rim. Sweet touch of prunes, ripe blackcurrants, tobacco, touch of strawberries, fresh acidity and ripe tannins. Pure, elegant, complex, intense, heavy fruit, intence more than real complexity, long finish. 95

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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!

by Tb

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"15 wines of the greatest Bordeaux vintage of the new era 1982 tasted, not impressed - is it me or the glasses that are not working"

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

"Tasting is over...the best wine for the event was Yquem 2001 -98 points."

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