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  • Country ranking ?

    652
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now-2030
  • Food Pairing

    Honey Soy Venison

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 2005

Château Mouton Rothschild 2005

Climatic conditions
Weather conditions for the 2005 vintage were unusual, since the year was 0.3° C colder than the average for the last forty years, mainly due to cooler than normal nights.

The period from April to September was particularly dry, with only 313 mm of rainfall being recorded between the start of the year and the harvest, compared with an average of 602 mm. However, these exceptional conditions did not affect the usual pace of the vegetation cycle.

Flowering occurred for all three varieties around 5 June and veraison took place a few days earlier than the average, between 1 and 8 August.

The grapes were harvested between 21 September and 6 October in conditions that may be described as ideal. Although the a typically dry weather meant that yields were relatively low, the wines show rich, powerful and stylish tannins.

Overall, the profile of the 2005 vintage is rather reminiscent of 1976, 1982 and 1995.

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Tasting note

nose

Intense

taste

Elegant

Written Notes

The 2005 Mouton Rothschild was the first of our First Growths, and we had them all ready. Tar, smoke and a little marijuana green crept out of its nose. The flavors were mocha, and the wine was softer and easier. Someone called it simplistic, and while that might have been a bit harsh, it definitely under-impressed compared to some of the wines already sampled (94).

  • 94p
Very good, bright and intense colour. Really strong nose with blackcurrant, coffee and spice. The abundant, full-bodied taste is rich and balanced. The subdued fruitiness of the aftertaste is overpowered by tannins and acidity in the intensive mouthfeel and overwhelming power. Long and silky finish. A truly respectable masterpiece of this château.
  • 95p

In May 2008 when tasted blind, against Lafite 2005, Latour 2005 and several wines from Italy and Chile - so-called Berlin tasting, was impressive. Black red coloured wine, dusty blackcurrants on the nose and palate, very sophisticated, fabulous length and wonderful balance. Elegant, not especially concentrated but incredibly well-knitted. My initial impression was 100% Bordeaux because of this wine's elegance and complexity and my guess was Lafite 2005. It turned out to be Mouton Rothschild 2005 and I was really impressed, because it tasted much better than out of barrel in April 2006. In November 2015 it was a wonderful experience with grated chocolate and cocoa on the nose, perfectly ripe grapes, sophisticated and sublime wine. Best appearence yet imho.

  • 98p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2005  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

The 2005 Mouton Rothschild was the first of our First Growths, and we had them all ready. Tar, smoke and a little marijuana green crept out of its nose. The flavors were mocha, and the wine was softer and easier. Someone called it simplistic, and while that might have been a bit harsh, it definitely under-impressed compared to some of the wines already sampled (94).

6m 19h ago

98p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2005  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

In May 2008 when tasted blind, against Lafite 2005, Latour 2005 and several wines from Italy and Chile - so-called Berlin tasting, was impressive. Black red coloured wine, dusty blackcurrants on the nose and palate, very sophisticated, fabulous length and wonderful balance. Elegant, not especially concentrated but incredibly well-knitted. My initial impression was 100% Bordeaux because of this wine's elegance and complexity and my guess was Lafite 2005. It turned out to be Mouton Rothschild 2005 and I was really impressed, because it tasted much better than out of barrel in April 2006. In November 2015 it was a wonderful experience with grated chocolate and cocoa on the nose, perfectly ripe grapes, sophisticated and sublime wine. Best appearence yet imho.

7m 27d ago

95p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2005  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Very good, bright and intense colour. Really strong nose with blackcurrant, coffee and spice. The abundant, full-bodied taste is rich and balanced. The subdued fruitiness of the aftertaste is overpowered by tannins and acidity in the intensive mouthfeel and overwhelming power. Long and silky finish. A truly respectable masterpiece of this château."

2y 8m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2005  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"2005 was a watershed of a vintage, but I’ll stay off the record why. The 2005 Mouton Rothschild had a deeper and thicker nose with great raw materials and coffee aromas. While its nose was rich and deep, its palate was more shut down. Its nose was intoxicating, much better with its thick, full-bodied, big boy impression. Ed noted, ‘fresh herbs, tarragon and resin’ (95+)."

3y 6m ago

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