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  • Country ranking ?

    7 646
  • Producer ranking ?

    80
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Spring lamb served pink with fresh herbs

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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

Château Mouton Rothschild 1987

Climatic conditions
January was very cold, with particularly low temperatures and more than a week of snow. February and March were also cold but very dry, giving the vines plenty of time to rest: budbreak began on 14 April for Merlot and Cabernet Franc, 16 April for Cabernet Sauvignon.

The vegetation cycle continued with favourable moisture and temperature levels, though rain and inclement weather during the flowering period in June, which lasted almost three weeks, caused poor berry set due to coulure and millerandage.

Mid-flowering was reached on 12 June for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Warm and damp weather during the summer fostered diseases, though preventive treatment was able to halt them. The unevenness observed during berry set was repeated at veraison (mid-veraison was on 18 August), and insufficiently developed clusters had to be eliminated on the vine.

September was fine and unusually warm, enabling the vegetation cycle to continue under favourable conditions, but ripening was slow and gradual. More rain fell at the end of September and the beginning of October, further complicating an already capricious vintage. Fortunately, the use of a helicopter to dry the vines proved to be effective.

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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium and Smooth

flavors

Leather

nose

Intense, Pure, Complex and Fresh

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Medium tannin, Complex, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Medium-bodied, Round, Harmonious, Fresh, Dry and Silky tannins

Written Notes

The bottle was as new, excellent level and promising dark and deep colour. Elegant and open sweet nose with a hint of earth, cedar and red and black fruits. Clean, sound and promising. The taste was fairly rich – not as powerful as the '82 or '86, but still lots of flavour around. Very much alive, medium-body, well-balanced and intense with good ripeness. Good definition and balance on the medium long aftertaste. Will hold, but will not become any better. Very enjoyable and for me the wine of the vintage.
  • 88p
The last flight was more curiosity than kitty, starting with the 1987 Mouton Rothschild. This was a hay is for horses wine, with some weeds. It was a bit funky like a good chicken with flesh and good yeast flavors (89).
  • 89p

A level fill, less than 1 cm from the cork. Cork soaked through. Ruby with wide brick rim. Not decanted. First whiff, pure wet dirt. Then a fantastic pure blackcurrant nose, some cedar and cigar box comes along, with more air hints of lacquer, hardwood floors, liquorice and coffee in the back. Some of the forest floor lingers on. After one hour some leather. Incredible nose. Ok acidity, tannins gone, pure fruit, light alcohol, so refreshing, such opulence and elegance. Lacks some complexity, but so elegant, quite a charmer and a great bottle of 1987. 86

  • 86p
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Mouton-Rothschild 1987  ( Château Mouton-Rothschild )

"d'Yquem rules! Mouton 87 was nice as well as the mag pommery cuvée louise 1987."

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