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  • Country ranking ?

    999
  • Producer ranking ?

    37
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Turkey Stuffing

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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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THE FIRST ARTIST LABEL OF ALL

The artist Jean Carlu was born in 1900 into a well-respected family of architects. Although he also worked as a painter, sculptor and architect, as a graduate of the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he specialised early on in graphics and lithography. At the age of eighteen, he had already attracted public interest and was accorded the title of France’s ‘Designer of the Year’ by a jury around the famous graphic designer, Cappiello. Tragically, in that same year he lost his right arm in a traffic accident. Despite this setback, the young graphic artist decided to continue with his chosen career regardless of his handicap and to relearn his practical skills. Many of Carlu’s posters and placards bear witness to his political engagement and liberal attitude. Also known as the ‘Musketeer of the Poster’, Jean Carlu became involved with the peace and resistance movements, and in 1940 designed the arresting series of placards, ‘Stop Hitler now’, which were intended to stir up resistance against National Socialism. His graphic work can be classified as Cubist and later, under the influence of André Breton, Surrealist.
In 1926, Jean Carlu designed the first artist label for Mouton-Rothschild for the 1924 vintage, thus producing the first in the series of outstanding works of art on the Mouton labels.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2012 2010 2005 2000
5 783€ +75.8% 3 290€ +20.4% 2 733€ +205.7% 894€ +153.3% 353€

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Tasting note

color

Deep

ending

Long, Pure and Smooth

flavors

Earthy, Blackberry, Mint, Tobacco, Coffee and Herbs

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Well-structured, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Fresh, Rich and Elegant

Written Notes

Excellent-looking bottle with the label in mint condition. Level top-shoulder, decanted just one hour before tasting. Very good, dark, deep and mature colour. Intense looking. A fabulous, decadent nose of blackberries, mint, earth and tobacco. Opened fully in 15 minutes. The palate was beautifully balanced with fresh acidity and, like all the great wines, got better and better in the glass. The tannins were smooth and spirited. A complex and elegant wine with multilayered fruits and a long, clean finish. Unquestionably a top class Mouton. An epochal wine in many ways!
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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