Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Game Changer, Revolutionist, Icon

Château Mouton-Rothschild has consistently broken the mold and revolutionized the wine industry in Bordeaux. This is a Bordeaux icon like no other. Through the incredible determination and character of the Rothschild family, initially through Baron Phillipe then Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, they have never accepted the status quo and always strived for perfection. Here are a list of just a few of Mouton Rothschild’s great accomplishments:

• Mouton Rothschild was the first to introduce full château bottling in 1924, gaining full control over the whole production process and improving the quality of his wines.

• Baron Phillipe also initiated Mouton’s famed artist labels in 1924. Over the years, many top artists have created labels for Mouton Rothschild including Picasso, Dalí and Braque, adding aesthetic and collectible elements to the brand.

• Mouton Rothschild was elevated to First Growth status in 1973, the only estate in over 150 years to receive this promotion.    

                                                                                                                                     

Key to all of this is the quality of what is in the bottle, and for me, Mouton is the most flamboyant and identifiable among the first growths, as well as the most consistent performer in the recent era. The wines offer the class and structure of the finest wines of Pauillac, with a dash of exotic flair; a wine that is never scared to strut its stuff!

I have selected a few vintages that are at various stages of their evolution but all exemplify my comments above. 1995 and 1999 are under-the-radar vintages that are drinking superbly now. 1999 is pure and precise, while 1995 is dense and rich. 2005 and 2010 will both go down as two of the greatest modern day vintages and are becoming Mouton legends. They offer fruit, density, power and concentration, balanced with ripe tannins and fresh acidity. The 2005 can be enjoyed now, and benefits from a few hours in a decanter, but the 2010 needs some more time in the cellar. In my eyes the 2006 offers very good value and is a vintage that should not be overlooked.

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1995 Mouton Rothschild

"Lovely, sleek, boysenberries bouquet, turning to cherry liqueur. Coffee, loganberries and sheer, bouncy health on the palate. A touch of cherries on the finish. Very glowing." 4/08, Serena Sutcliffe, MW

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Label artist: Antoni Tapies

S 93, WS 94, WA 95

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1999 Mouton Rothschild

"Lovely, warm, generous nose. Soft, spicy and so easy on the palate, with so much more fruit than most 1999s. This is made to be drunk from its tenth birthday." 1/07, Serena Sutcliffe, MW

Label artist: Raymond Savignac

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2005 Mouton Rothschild

"Absolutely stunning, totally blackberry, intense bouquet that comes out of the glass to meet you. Deeply scented and very exciting. Like crunching black cherries in the mouth. Opulent and brambly. Cassis on the finish. Beautiful balance between the fruit, the acidity and the tannin. You could cellar this for decades. Another glimpse confirmed the great grand vin nose and the terrific, huge taste, filling the whole mouth with glorious flavour. Superb."  03/09, Serena Sutcliffe, MW

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Label artist: Giuseppe Penone

WS 95, WA 97

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2006 Mouton Rothschild

"Only 44% went into the ‘grand vin’ this year. In 2012, a very dark chocolate nose. And the taste is also very chocolatey. Really silky. Cocoa and coffee finish. Very well-bred." 11/12, Serena Sutcliffe, MW

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Label artist: Lucian Freud

WS 94, WA 98+

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2010 Mouton Rothschild

"In 2017, already wonderful and irresistible. What a brilliant Mouton this is! Sensational expression on the nose: all deep spice and toastiness, which is so Mouton. And then it just purrs along the palate; all self-assured, composed, immaculately pure Cabernet glory. This is first growth through and through - unrestrained and immense. Outstanding, both now and forever." Nicholas Jackson

"94% Cabernet Sauvignon.  6% Merlot.  The highest percentage of Cabernet since records began in 1962.  39 hl/ha.  100% new oak, which the quality of the wine merits this year.  Fabulously spicy, dense nose of huge opulence, vivacity and concentration.  Blueberries with the cassis.  Layers of primary fruit at this stage, with perfect tannic structure.  A wine of huge personality, finishing on brambles and vanillin, harmonious and yet super-powerful." 02/13, Serena Sutcliffe, MW 

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Label artist: Jeff Koons

S 99, WS 98, WA 98+

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Best Wishes,

Vivian Liang
Retail Sales Manager