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  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Flatiron Steak

The 2015 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc matured entirely in new oak, as usual. This represents a relatively high percentage of Merlot simply because, as winemaker Philippe Dhalluin told me, that quality was so good. I afforded my sample four to five minutes to open as it was a little reduced at first, but eventually it reveals a gorgeous, extraordinarily intense bouquet of blackberry, cassis, incense and cold slate aromas. In some ways it reminds me of Latour as much as Mouton Rothschild. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfectly pitched acidity, wonderful tension and impressive length. There is a strong graphite theme running through from start to finish that is little grainy and so it will require preferably a decade in cellar. But what freshness and panache here, a classic Mouton-Rothschild that will live for 50 or 60 years, not a million miles away from say, the 1986 or 2010. Expect this to settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle. Drink 2027-2060

Score: 97/99

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Very racy and refined with super polished tannins and focused dark fruits. Blackberry, orange peel, and black currants. Full. Very long and thought-provoking. A wine that delivers power and finesse. Juicy and fresh.

Score: 96/97

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

A bold, dramatic wine, the 2015 Mouton-Rothschild sweeps across the palate with remarkable depth. Seemingly endless layers seem to open as the 2015 fills out its broad, ample frame. The tannins are silky and creamy, which give the 2015 much of its voluptuous, inviting personality, while the finish is both remarkably vivid and persistent. This is an especially dark, powerful Mouton. Tasted two times.

Score: 94/97

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Firm black cherry on the nose slightly tight the start of the palate has muscle concentrated black cherry the tannins are firm. It fills out in the middle quite fleshy and velvety ripe and rich at the back. Bilberry and bramble on the finish give a fresher feel the finish is perfumed with lingering flavours.

Score: 93/96

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Is this one of the wines of the vintage? It all depends on whether you like the Napa-esque Mouton style, which is every bit as recognisable as that of Lafite (at the other extreme in 2015). This is a big, bold, concentrated wine, with toasty, 100% new oak and plush, compact tannins and succulent fruit flavours. Impressive, but how will it age? We shall see. Drink: 2025-35

Score: 94

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Very majestic nose. Obviously first-growth quality. Savoury and plush in terms of texture. Restrained without being a wimp. Lovely scent. Dry finish but with some of Mouton's opulence before then. Very fine. Very exciting. Some saline sap as well as all the ripe fruit. Drink 2025-2045

Score: 19

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

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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 2015

Excitement about the potential of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage – and wine made in several other parts of France last autumn – has been rising for months. In Bordeaux,  but also in Burgundy,  Champagne and the Rhône, conditions were close to  ideal last summer.

Hours of sunshine and average temperatures were the highest since records began – even higher than in “mythical” wine-growing years such as 1921 and 1947. “We think we have something very special but we are holding our tongues until the tasting begins,” said a family member at one of the most sought-after châteaux in the Médoc growing region. 

Denis Dubourdieu, professor of wine at the University of Bordeaux and one of the most successful Bordeaux winemakers, told The Independent: “I don’t think there can be any doubt. This will be an exceptional year, in line with memorable years like 2009 and 2005.

“Everything about the growing season last year was perfect. And from what I’ve seen at the wine-making stage and in the barrel later on,  this is going to be a wonderful vintage.” Mr Dubourdieu says that  producing wine is like a horse-race with five meteorological “fences”. In 2015, he says, Bordeaux jumped all the hurdles with ease.

The vines flowered early in warm sunshine; the tiny grapes appeared in perfect dry weather; they turned purple in ideal conditions of slight drought in mid-July; they expanded and ripened in a warm, dry August with just a little rain; and they were picked in a dry autumn with cool nights. This is like getting all the numbers right in the lottery. 

There were excellent claret vintages in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 and a reasonable year in 2012. In the past two years, to the annoyance of many people in the industry, Bordeaux has been criticised or faintly praised. There have also been complaints about the fact that the top châteaux kept their prices high, despite the apparent dip in quality. 

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Tasted in April 2016. It was refined, sophisticated, rich, excellent complexity and structure, great acidity and powerful finish. Immensly complete wine.

  • 97p
Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Gorgeous wine with complex character, excellent nose with ripe blackcurrants, hints of graphite, vanilla, dark chocolate and cocoa, hints of toasted aromas. With some oxygen opening up very well. On the palate perfectly ripe tannins, elegant freshness, juicy fruit in the background. A great Mouton, one of the best ever tasted en primeur .
  • 98p
Deep colour. Intense pure cassis, mulberry herb aromas with praline mocha notes. Well concentrated and elegant with a rich saturated robe of cassis redcurrant, flavours, cedar ginger oak and plentiful tannins. Supple yet muscular and gravelly. Has strength and finesse. Very fine wine this year. 98 points 
  • 98p

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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2015  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

Tasted in April 2016. It was refined, sophisticated, rich, excellent complexity and structure, great acidity and powerful finish. Immensly complete wine.

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2015  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

Tasted in April 2016. It was refined and sophisticated wine, rich, excellent complexity and structure, great acidity and powerful finish. Immensly complete wine.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2015  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Deep colour. Intense pure cassis, mulberry herb aromas with praline mocha notes. Well concentrated and elegant with a rich saturated robe of cassis redcurrant, flavours, cedar ginger oak and plentiful tannins. Supple yet muscular and gravelly. Has strength and finesse. Very fine wine this year. 98 points "

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 2015  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Gorgeous wine with complex character, excellent nose with ripe blackcurrants, hints of graphite, vanilla, dark chocolate and cocoa, hints of toasted aromas. With some oxygen opening up very well. On the palate perfectly ripe tannins, elegant freshness, juicy fruit in the background. A great Mouton, one of the best ever tasted en primeur ."

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