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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 1983

Château Mouton Rothschild 1983

Climatic conditions
After a very dry and relatively mild January, colder weather arrived in February, with frost and a period of snow. Despite some rain at the end of March, the winter as a whole was rather dry.

Budbreak started on 25 March for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc and on 7 April for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Heavy rain fell during April, more than double the average, and continued throughout the following month, giving the wettest May since 1962, with 122 mm of rain in 22 days.

Dry weather returned in June, when there was only one day of rain, and flowering took place evenly. Mid-flowering for all three varieties was recorded around 16 June. July and August were very hot, with storms that brought heavy rain. The grapes matured normally, and mid-veraison for the three varieties was noted around 20 August. Some rain fell in early September but was soon replaced by an anticyclone which heralded an Indian summer, enabling the crop to reach excellent maturity. Although the weather was favourable to the spread of disease, appropriate treatment ensured that the grapes remained in perfect condition.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note


Full, Ruby red and Healthy


Medium, Smooth, Gentle and Metallic


Blackcurrant, Tar, Toasty, Leather, Blackberry and Mint


Intense, Ripe, Complex and Seductive




Too acidic, Low alcohol content, High tannin, Complex, Well-structured, Balanced, Tired, Light, One-dimensional, Rich, Harmonious, Ripe, Dry and Drying tannins


Mediocre and Sexy

Written Notes

Excellent condition and level by the neck. Brilliant deep-dark, bright and warm colour. Fabulous rich nose, open, soft and complex. Very demanding. Good acidity and structure, not as fat and complex as 1985, but a very close match. Admirable length and finish. A lovely and joyful experience.
  • 91p
The 1983 Mouton Rothschild has always been a pet Mouton of mine, drinking wonderfully every time I have ever had it. This was no exception. The ’83 had a great nose with deep purple cassis and spice. Its palate was pleasing and long with nice nuts to its core of fruit. There was a good edge to its dry finish, and minerals, earth and tobacco were all invited to this relatively full-bodied wine. Dave admired its ‘more fruit.’ More is never enough J (93).
  • 93p

Deep ruby with garnet rim. A level fill, 4 mm below cork, and cork not soaked. Pencil, finest leather, pure, elegant, very complex, plums, cherries, prunes, blackberries, touch of herbs and slightly of chocolate and tobacco. Even tea, green peppers, what a nose! Good acidity, fresh and lively, ripe tannins, gorgeous texture, flirting, refreshing, tannins like silk curtains, very long length. The best 83 Mouton I've had. 95

  • 95p
Good looking normal size bottle and has by the neck level. Colour is ruby red, and looking clear and deep. On the nose it is open, mature, complex, refined, ripe and seductive. The taste is harmonious, ripe, with low tannin ., with silky tannins, and low in acidity, medium-bodied, with balanced, complex structure and mature. On the palate it is layered and has blackberry, mint, chocolate, dried-fruit, leather, caramel, cassis and tobacco flavours. The finish is long, flavorful and a bit too metallic .. This wine is sexy,generous, impressive and too oxidised for unbiased valuation. I paid around 200-500€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-5 years. Good value for money. I do recommend.
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  • 94p



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