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  • Country ranking ?

    5 275
  • Producer ranking ?

    50
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb with aubergines

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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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Wine Information

1952 – Léonor Fini
Mysterious Elf with Ram’s Horns
Léonor Fini (1908–1996) was born in Buenos Aires, but grew up in Trieste, Italy, in an exclusively feminine household surrounded by her mother, grandmother and great-aunts. With her androgynous appearance, she was described as very beautiful and eccentric. As a young girl, Fini had already refused to be conformist in any way, dedicating herself to painting instead. As a self-taught artist, she practiced anatomical drawings in morgues, while as a mysterious bird of paradise, she caused a sensation in Paris society circles. Without identifying with surrealism, she kept in close touch with its protagonists such as André Breton, Max Ernst and Man Ray.
She enjoyed high regard as a book illustrator and as a set and costume designer for the theatre and opera. Léonor Fini’s paintings document her delight in the unreal and mysterious. There were often hermaphroditic figures, catlike women and mythical beasts. This is also the style of her label for Baron Philippe de Rothschild, as she decided to draw a feminine, elfin face with prominent ram horns.
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Warm spring with a lovely blossom. It was followed by a hot July and August with very little rain. September was cold and conditions were unfavourable when the harvest began in mid-September

91p 1952 Château Mouton-Rothschild Magnum 2012/now x9 D 1 h/G 2 h

This wonderful-looking magnum, with wine level at the neck, was tasted in September 2006. Dark, good healthy colour that looked like velvet. Quite tight and hard when first opened, closed and shy on the nose. However, after a while it became a lovely, open and giving wine. Meaty, rich and quite well balanced, but the fruit seemed weak and it lacked intensity. This made me seriously think that it may never be any better than it is today. While it was certainly good, it was not nearly as great as a Mouton can be, not even in Magnum.

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Gentle and Round

flavors

Blackberry, Licorice and Leather

nose

Wide, Refined, Complex and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Well-structured, Balanced, Good texture, Developing, Harmonious, Rich, Dry and Drying tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Well-rounded

Written Notes

Wonderful-looking magnum, level by the neck. Dark, good, healthy colour, looked like velvet. Quite tight and hard when first opened – closed and shy on the nose. But after a while it became a lovely, open and giving wine. Meaty, rich and quite well balanced, but the fruit seemed weak, lacking intensity and made me seriously think that this may never be any better than it is today. While it was certainly good, it was not nearly as great as a Mouton can be, not even in Magnum.
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The 1952 Mouton Rothschild was another beautiful nose, more elegant than expected given the tannic nature of 1952. It was bready with red spices, and its palate was round and gorgeous with a thick finish. It was in a great spot, wine of the night so far. It was full, rich and heavy, the first wine that came close to the upper echelon (94).
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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