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  • Country ranking ?

    7 360
  • Producer ranking ?

    77
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Venison with Red Wine Sauce

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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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FOR THE FIRST TIME ON A LABEL – THE RAM

The Monacan artist Georges Arnulf was a graduate of the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and even as a young graphic artist he had developed captivating skills. He was awarded the Grand Prix de Rome in 1950 for his technically demanding etchings. In that same year, he was commissioned by Baron Philippe de Rothschild to design a label for Mouton. Arnulf was the first artist to choose the motif of the Rothschild coat-of-arms, the ram, as the basis of his design. In its linear structure, his drawing lends the label perspective and depth. The very spare, economic drawing is in contrast to Arnulf’s later work, which has a more playful and extravagant style, frequently depicting people and nature in flowing movement.

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Vintage 1950

Upon closer examination of the decade, attention must also be drawn to the Bordeaux 1950 vintage, which offered quantity more than quality - indeed, with welcome exceptions. Due to the relatively rainy summer, expectations for the year were not very high, but the change in weather by the end of the year made it a good one, and in some areas even excellent. The wines lacked the ample and balanced character of the previous year. They were instead noted for their highly tannic quality. But the wines have matured with surprising grace. Many of the wines have become more harmonious as the tannins have faded.

Two vintage gems are the Cheval Blanc and Pétrus. On the other hand, the Graves La-Mission-Haut-Brion is an outstanding wine. Although the finest wines are at the peak of their drinkability right now, they will remain there for years to come. Due to the large crop and the very modest reputation of the vintage, these wines can be found at very affordable prices.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2013 2010
1 422€ +73.0% 822€ +10.6% 743€

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Tasting note

color

Light, Ruby red and Clear

ending

Short

flavors

Blackcurrant and Vanilla

nose

Intense and Round

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Round and Dry

Written Notes

Another perfect-looking bottle. The level was by the neck. Decanted for only 30 minutes. A bright, ruby red colour with relatively little sign of development. At the start the nose was a bit blocked, but after 30 minutes it opened with an intense bouquet of blackcurrant and other black fruits, with hints of vanilla. Round and neat, but maybe not as fleshy and loaded as I remembered. A little too light and short aftertaste. Somewhat lighter and drier than the other two 1950s I had tasted last year. However, it is always a lovely and pleasant experience!
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

When bottled

1952

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

45min

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