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  • Producer ranking ?

    47
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare

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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 2002

Climatic conditions
The weather in 2002 was warmer and less wet than the average, especially in the first half of the year.

Budbreak occurred at the end of March, two to five days earlier, depending on the variety, than the average for the last thirty years. The warm, wet weather continued from April to June, though mid-flowering was noted on 5 and 6 June, in line with the average.

Temperatures in July and August were slightly lower than the seasonal average, but they had little significant impact. From the start of the vegetation cycle, the climatic conditions in 2002 were generally typical of a dry or even very dry year, with 40% less rainfall than the average.

Mid-veraison was noted between 12 and 15 August, very slightly later than the average for the Merlot.

An exceptional Indian summer from 27 August to 9 October enabled the grapes to mature in outstanding conditions. The harvest was small because of the drought, but potentially of very high quality.

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Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Medium

nose

Refined

recommend

Yes

Written Notes

A stunning effort for the vintage, that offers a rich, full-bodied, layered band of ripe currant and green and black olive, with hints of herb and spice. Expands into a long, deep, penetrating finish, echoing chocolate brownie. The best is yet to come for this wine.

  • 95p
The last wine of this young flight was a 2002 Mouton Rothschild, which got a few ‘best drinking’s from the crowd, including the Rapmaster. There were some green edges to its nose, ‘more approachable’ with long, fresh, zippy and creamy qualities. Ed noted its ‘crabapple’ (92).
  • 92p

Medium intense garnety red colour. Open and volaptuous nose shows rich and toasty aromas with dark chocolate, roasted coffee and new oak mixed with cassis,  black olives and soya. Full-bodied palate is flavourful. Lively acidity, gentle but firm tannins, supple texture, cassis and mocha flavours on medium-intense palate. Very open and mouthfilling wine with a flirty flair. Lingering finish leaves lovely dark chili chocolate flavours in the mouth. Superb wine in its optimum drinking window. Decant for 4 hours and serve 17-18°C with Entrecôte grillée et haricot verts et...voilà! JL 97p (4/2022)

  • 97p
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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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