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  • Country ranking ?

    823
  • Producer ranking ?

    27
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Smoked Chicken Sauteed Mushrooms

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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

CChâteau Mouton Rothschild 1998

Climatic conditions
February and March were rather dry, causing the vine to bud earlier than usual, though the lack of rain in the second half of March probably slowed this advance. Shoot tips appeared between 27 and 29 March depending on the variety. Cold and wet weather in April halted the vegetation cycle and hampered spring work in the vineyard. May was quite the opposite – hot and dry, with no rain at all during the first 26 days – giving the younger vines no respite.

Mid-flowering was reached between 1 and 4 June, three to five days earlier than the average. Hot weather in July caused veraison to begin on the 21st, and the process was completed under favourable conditions during a very hot and dry August. By 15 August, veraison had taken place across all varieties. 12 days of very hot weather in August with temperatures in excess of 30° C caused some burning, but the damage was of little consequence.

Although the growth cycle was kept under perfect control throughout the year, rain in September and October disturbed the harvest, requiring strict selection both in the vineyard and at the winery.

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Tasting note

color

Full, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Round and Pure

flavors

Blackcurrant and Coffee

nose

Open, Complex, Opulent and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Complex, Medium-bodied, Round, Vigor, Focused and Sweet

Verdict

Transparent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Good, dark and deep colour. Quite open and clean, gentle nose with hints of cassis and coffee aromas. Fleshy, sweet wine with soft tannin, but still has a lot of character and complexity. Very vigorous and elegant wine, but unquestionably lacking the charm and roundness to be one of the greatest Moutons. Warm and satisfying finish. Considering it was an "off" year, the wine was surprisingly good and one of the best wines of this weak vintage.
  • 94p
There was more yeast and bakery in the nose of the 1998 Mouton Rothschild. Cassis and black fruit came across in this elegant Mouton. It was surprisingly lighter and lesser than the 1999 that preceded it (92).
  • 92p
Good looking normal size bottle, in an excellent condition and has bottom neck level. Colour is ruby red, and looking healthy, full and deep . On the nose it is wide, refined, opulent and generous. The taste is round, full, fragrant, focused, refined, medium-bodied and with balanced structure. The finish is medium long, round, lingering, flavorful and pure. This wine is sophisticated, transparent and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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