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  • Country ranking ?

    1 371
  • Producer ranking ?

    70
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Duck Breast & Lentil and Parsnip Salad

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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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MARC CHAGALL

A painter, engraver and sculptor, Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was born in Russia of Orthodox Jewish stock. After an early working visit to Paris he made his home there in 1923, spending the war years in the United States. His painting is a synthesis of the Jewish and Russian cultural traditions, a world that seems to float in space, half-realistic, half-symbolic. We find all the great events of human life observed by an eye that has retained a child’s innocence, love of vivid colour and even of farmyard animals.

Rather than the wine, it was the living fruit of the vine, speared by a thrush or fed by a mother to her child, that Chagall chose to bring us here for the 1970 Mouton Rothschild label.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005 2000 1995
274€ -5.2% 289€ -2.4% 296€ +41.6% 209€ -9.5% 231€ +61.5% 143€ +20.2% 119€ +13.3% 105€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Weak and Hard tannins

Written Notes

I have tasted this wine 25 times since 1990, and it has always been a mystery to me. Sometimes it is an almost brilliant wine with great complexity and length, and other times it is an unbalanced, hard and mean wine like this attractive looking magnum. Good appearance, level was by the neck. Decanted for one hour. Aged look and smell – prematurely old. Probably the most disappointing wine of this otherwise lovely evening. The taste was a bit green and it really was not very giving or pleasing. Hard and too tannic, where are the fruit and complexity? All right, it has an artistic label to look at and it even smells wonderful, and some of my guests even liked it, but still it is a mystery why this Mouton is so often cruel and unattractive to me – it should be much better – look at the Latour!
  • 91p

The 1971 Mouton is wonderfully rich and still holding back. Beautiful plum, toasted oak, berry and tobacco character. Firm with a full body. Drink now!

  • 92p

1970 Mouton Rothschild - powerful and strong, complete, complex, refined and sophisticated, long fine finish. Sublime quality and pleasure here. Many years to go! 94p.

  • 94p
Dark red color with brick orange rim. Wide and interesting nose with saddle leather, licorice and boysenberry. On palate quite intensive with aromas of tar, dark berries and licorice. Silky tannins and long finish.
  • 94p
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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