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  • Country ranking ?

    821
  • Producer ranking ?

    15
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Wellington served with a rich mushroom sauce

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 2000

THE LITTLE AUGSBURG RAM
Each year since 1945, the Château Mouton Rothschild label has been illustrated with an original work by a famous painter.
For 2000, in an exceptional departure from this tradition, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild wanted the entire bottle to become a collector's item in itself.
She therefore chose one of the treasures of the Museum of Wine in Art at Mouton Rothschild, the little "Augsburg Ram", a 16th century silver-gilt drinking vessel and the Mouton emblem, to be reproduced on each bottle in all its original lustre. With remarkable craft and skill, the glassmaker B.S.N found the solution, using a new technique for enamelling in relief, developed specially for the purpose. Thus, a treasure from the past and modern know-how have combined to create a receptacle of golden beauty for a prestigious vintage: Château Mouton Rothschild 2000.

Climatic conditions
After a cold, dry start to the year, a change in the weather pattern brought higher-than-average temperatures and rainfall from February. Budding took place at the end of March, and the mild weather persisted through April. May and June were very warm, with average rainfall; a number of storms were recorded in May.

The first flowers appeared on 23 May. Rapid and even flowering augured well for the rest of the vegetation cycle. The first fortnight of July, cool and wet, was followed by a prolonged period of fine weather. A generally reliable indicator of future quality, the mid-veraison point was noted 7 to 8 days earlier than average for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and two days earlier than average for Cabernet Franc.

A few very hot days in late July and early August interrupted the growth of the vine, helping to concentrate sugar and phenolics in the berries. The fine weather continued in September; some light rain ensured that the crop reached full maturity.
The harvest took place in good conditions, with plenty of sun during the day. The grapes were healthy, well-coloured, tannic and full of flavour.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2013 2012 2010 2005
1 321€ +5.3% 1 255€ -2.7% 1 290€ +31.4% 982€ -16.6% 1 178€ +363.8% 254€

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.

Tasting note

color

Full, Ruby red and Clear

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Bread, Coffee, Toasty and Cedar

nose

Youthful, Complex and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Focused, Vigor, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Excellent

Written Notes

It had a sweet, seductive nose full of rich, sweet, creamy and nutty fruit. There was incredible musk and earth to its pure and long nose. Its t'n a blended skillfully into its fruit, and the 2000 possessed a great freshness overall. It seemed as if it hadn't shut down yet, as many 2000's have been observed to do. I spoke too soon, as it was shier on the palate with light grit and long acidity. There were lots of earth and carob flavors and a touch of black currant, along with secondary flavors of coffee and raisinets. It lost its focus a little bit compared to the 1998 and seemed to still be in a 'teen' phase. Someone found it 'a little New World'
  • 95p
What could be a more perfect start for the new millennium than the 2000 vintage, already hailed as legendary? Very good, bright and intense colour. Wonderful, classic Cabernet nose with the touch of crème de cassis, truffles and cedar. A wine of enormous constitution and overwhelming power. Aromas of very ripe raspberries, with bread crumbs and tobacco. Excellent depth and ripeness with good balance. Long and tannic finish. A truly respectable masterpiece of this château.
  • 96p

Consistent notes. Still a baby! Enormous intensity, depth, length and concentration. Unbelieveable effort!

  • 100p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass Time

2h

Drinking Temperature

18

Inside Information

Wine Advocate #189
Jun 2010
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 96+ Drink: 2015 - 2050 $1370-$3315
Perhaps the most beautiful packaging ever on a Bordeaux bottle, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild literally produced a work of art in the gold-engraved bottle of 2000 Mouton Rothschild. Of course, one can’t drink the glass, but this is a top-flight Mouton Rothschild, eclipsed only by the 2006 and 2009. A rich, tannic, earthy style, with loads of creme de cassis and floral notes, the final blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot is a full-bodied wine with plenty of coffee, earth, chocolatey notes, and still plenty of tannin to resolve. I gave it an anticipated maturity range of 2015-2050 back in 2003, and that looks on target.
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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2000  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

Consistent notes. Still a baby! Enormous intensity, depth, length and concentration. Unbelieveable effort!

4m 7d ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2000  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"It had a sweet, seductive nose full of rich, sweet, creamy and nutty fruit. There was incredible musk and earth to its pure and long nose. Its t'n a blended skillfully into its fruit, and the 2000 possessed a great freshness overall. It seemed as if it hadn't shut down yet, as many 2000's have been observed to do. I spoke too soon, as it was shier on the palate with light grit and long acidity. There were lots of earth and carob flavors and a touch of black currant, along with secondary flavors of coffee and raisinets. It lost its focus a little bit compared to the 1998 and seemed to still be in a 'teen' phase. Someone found it 'a little New World' "

1y 5m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2000  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 2000 Mouton Rothschild was no slouch, but it was definitely in third place amongst its distinguished brethren. It felt more shut down in its nose despite a flash of ripe cream. The last bottle I had of this felt more open. This bottle was more leathery, earthy and gritty. However, it was shy compared to the previous two wines, perhaps intimidated by the company (95)."

1y 7m ago

96p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2000  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"What could be a more perfect start for the new millennium than the 2000 vintage, already hailed as legendary? Very good, bright and intense colour. Wonderful, classic Cabernet nose with the touch of crème de cassis, truffles and cedar. A wine of enormous constitution and overwhelming power. Aromas of very ripe raspberries, with bread crumbs and tobacco. Excellent depth and ripeness with good balance. Long and tannic finish. A truly respectable masterpiece of this château."

2y 4m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2000  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"There was one last flight to go, all the big-time young bucks, and what better vintage with which to begin than the 2000 Mouton Rothschild. Its nose was deep and meaty with nice cabinet spice and pepper, paprika and more herbs. There was cassis, nut and black forest in its majestic nose. The palate was a bit square, but its finish was long and sensual. This Korean BBQ edge let a little bit of excitement into the glass (95+)."

3y 3m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2000  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"The 2000 Mouton was the last of the Firsts, at least on night one. I will be quick to point out that on day two, it held/gained more than any of the others, so this might have been a case of too Mouton, too soon (PS – we finished the Haut Brion on night one since it was a magnum and not two bottles). There was more hay in its more open nose, which also had lots of charcoal and what I would call ‘wild’ fruit. There was this wild animal meets horse confrontation in this tight yet extroverted 2000 (95)."

4y 3m ago

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