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  • Country ranking ?

    6 690
  • Producer ranking ?

    69
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Flank Steak and Salsa Verde

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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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WASSILY KANDINSKY

Born in Russia, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) took first German, then French citizenship. He played a crucial role in the genesis of abstract art. As a young painter his work looked very much like that of his Impressionist and Fauvist contemporaries, but he was wrestling with a question he put in its simplest form in 1908: “I knew for certain that a subject weakened a painting, but then a terming abyss opened beneath my feet: what was to replace the subject?” In 1910, in Munich, he painted what will always stand in the history of art as the first abstract watercolour.

The work to illustrate the label for Mouton Rothschild 1971, which he painted in 1939, belongs to his “architectural” period. The original now hangs in the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005 2000
386€ +24.9% 309€ +15.7% 267€ +50.0% 178€ +38.0% 129€ +6.6% 121€ +57.1% 77€

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, Ruby red and Dark

ending

Long, Round, Flavorful and Harsh

flavors

Blackcurrant, Pepper, Tar, Cigar-box, Leather and Earthy

nose

Intense and Complex

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Balanced, Mature, Light, Aggressive, Elegant, Vivid, Silky and Drying tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Fine

Written Notes

First-rate looking bottle. Full, mature, deep dark garnet colour Spicy, open and aromatic nose. Medium body and fleshy wine with real breed and depth. Masculine, slightly robust but perhaps a bit too tannic and dry for my taste, but very fine for the vintage. Long and harsh finish. Will still keep well.
  • 88p
I have always found 1971 to be a good, under the radar vintage in Bordeaux, and the 1971 Mouton Rothschild fit into that theory. It had a very minty nose with the first sign of that old, signatutre eucalyptus. There were cigar and ash qualities as well. Its palate was more plummy with nice body and a pleasant, round finish (90).
  • 90p

Mouton Rothschild- great bottle to taste as well, quite similar to Latour with slightly more concentration and length. 94-95p.

  • 95p

Magnum) Ruby, garnet rim, floral and red berries, elegant nose, refined, leather, cigars. Elegant tannins, if a bit lean, nice acidity, matches the body, tannins almost gone, bell peppers, good length. 89


People around the table preferred the heavier Barolo's, so I was left to enjoy this poor duckling by myself and finished half the bottle. I enjoyed it, even if on the lean side, it showed of all it had in a balanced way. Quite a nice drink by itself, but it's to fragile for any food.

  • 89p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is brick red, ruby red, and looking dark and medium. On the nose it is open, intense, mature and complex. The taste is elegant, silky, vivid, refined, with medium tannin ., with silky tannins, drying tannins, and average in acidity, medium-bodied, with balanced structure and mature. On the palate it is layered and has earthy, pepper, herbs, tar, blackcurrant, leather and cigar-box flavours. The finish is long, round and spicy. This wine is sophisticated and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-5 years and decant at least 45min before tasting.
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  • 95p
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

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