Richness, complexity, elegance and sophisticated touch at highest level

Mouton Rothschild

 

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Philippe Dhalluin, managing director of Mouton Rothschild from 2003 to 2020

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Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy, technical director at Mouton Rothschild since June 2020

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is one of Bordeaux's 5 First Growths, situated on the outskirts of Pauillac village. This property covers around 75 ha of vines planted with 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. However, this is not always the exact composition of grape varieties in Grand Vin, as it depends on the vintage. For instance, the 2011 vintage's varietal mix is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The average age of vines here is around 50 years.

Mouton Rothschild is the less concentrated of all First Growths but compensates for it with extreme elegance and finesse, richness, complexity, sophisticated touch and strong yet finely composed structure. This wine is destined for long life and maybe a little light-footed when young, but it comes strongly back after ten years with all the fantastic goodies released.

Mouton Rothschild's second wine is Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild, a very well-made wine. Owners of Mouton Rothschild produce two other wines of excellent quality for the money - d'Armailhac and Clerc Milon. White wine, Aile d'Argent, is also produced here, and this is a splendid one.

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2021  MOUTON ROTHSCHILD (barrel sample) 96-98p

Tasted in April 2022 89% C. Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 1% P.Verdot. 13.1% alcohol. Potent yet elegant and distinguished. Redcurrants and tobacco leaf in significant numbers, graphite, black truffle, finely grained tannin, firm structure and great midpalate. Long and persistent aftertaste. In my honest opinion, it ranks among the vintage's best wines.

2020 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD (barrel sample) 98-100p

Tasted in May 2021. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 13.1% alcohol. This vintage was made by the new technical director, Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy, who was before the manager of Clerc Milon. He succeeded Philippe Dhalluin, who retired in 2020. Upper-class nose, distinctive, and deeply intense. Potent with a strong backbone, layers and layers of creamy fruit and fat tannin cover the palate. Spectacular structure and complexity, sophisticated and mega long finish. This wine ticks all the boxes and will be another legend in the making! 

2019 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 99-100p

Tasted in November 2021. 90% C.Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% C. Franc. 13.56% alcohol. An extraordinary nose of tobacco, grilled bacon and cigar box. Big concentration, depth and length. Sophisticated with many layers, stunning midpalate and long persistent aftertaste. Heavenly treat and yet another legend.

2018 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 99-100p

Tasted three times - last time in December 2020. Consistent notes. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Upper-class nose and which is hugely distinctive intense. Layers and layers of creamy fruit and fat tannin cover the palate. Unique structure and complexity, sophisticated and thrillingly long finish. This wine ticks all the boxes. Another legend in the making for sure! 

2017 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 97-98p

Tasted twice - last time in November 2021. Consistent notes.  90% Cabernet Sauvignon + 9% Merlot + 1% Petit Verdot. 13.06% alcohol. Classic nose of Cabernet Sauvignon with tobacco leaves and roasted bacon, elegant and refined on the palate, with great complexity and length. It's a great wine that will mature sooner than f.i. 2019 and 2018.

2016 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD (barrel sample) 100p

Tasted twice - last time in October 2017. Consistent notes.  83% C.Sauvignon + 15% Merlot + 1% C.Franc + 1% Petit Verdot. An aristocratic nose of blackberries, cigar box and tobacco leaves, classy stuff with great acidity, velvety all over, stunning richness and structure, excellent complexity and remarkable finish. A complete wine. My pick for the best wine of the vintage on the Left Bank!

2015 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 98p

Tasted twice - last time in October 2017. Consistent notes.  82% C.Sauvignon + 16% Merlot + 2% P.Verdot. It was a refined, sophisticated, rich wine with incredible complexity and structure, great acidity and a powerful finish. A complete wine.

2014 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD (barrel sample) 96+p

Tasted twice - last time in June 2015. Consistent notes. A classic and stylish wine with stunning elegance and finesse, velvety inside with silky fruit and tannin, seamless structure and very long aftertaste. It is sophisticated and refined. Cabernet Sauvignon at its very best. Imho, this is probably the best 1.Cru wine in the 2014 vintage!

2013 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD (barrel sample) 93p

Tasted in March 2014. It had a delicate nose of blackcurrants and raspberries, finesse and elegance, lovely structure and finish—an excellent effort for the vintage.

2012 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 95p

Tasted twice - last time in November 2015. Consistent notes. This wine had black cherries/blueberries all over, velvety fruit and tannin, a very complex nose and a smooth, silky finish from the barrel. Fine midpalate. Lighter than usual but with striking elegance and finesse. In November 2015, it seduced the audience with a very sophisticated nose of dark chocolate, pure elegance and finesse, remarkable complexity, and impressive length. Among top wines of the vintage.

2011 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 96+p

Tasted three times - last time in November 2014. Consistent notes. This wine displayed sublime touch, elegance and finesse, silky cherry fruit and silky tannin combined with imposing structure and finish. Stunning ripeness. The nose is so captivating and intense. Immense class. Low yield in 2011 - only 30 hl/ha.

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2010 (barrel sample), 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 ready to be tasted

2010 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD (barrel sample) 98-100p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Sophisticated and refined, superb richness, complexity and elegance, extremely long finish. Simply wonderful.

2009 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 100p

Tasted three times - last time in January 2017. Consistent notes. Extremely refined and sophisticated, decadent and rich. Fantastic experience and pure enjoyment!

2008 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 95p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Excellent nose of blackcurrant and cigar box, very long on the palate with minerality, strong backbone and persistent aftertaste. Return to classic Pauillac after flamboyant 2009 and 2010. Not in full blossom yet - have patience.

2007 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 93p

Tasted in April 2012. A captivating nose of black cherries, round, surprisingly ripe fruit for the vintage, excellent structure, length and smooth finish. It lacks a bit of richness and depth, but this is a lovely effort for the vintage.

2006 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 94p

Tasted in April 2012. Fleshy on the palate, spicy fruit, rich and powerful. A lot of stuffing but an unevolved one. Needs time to soften and become approachable.

2005 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 98p

Tasted three times - last time in November 2015. In May 2008, when tasted blind in Copenhagen, against Lafite 2005, Latour 2005 and several wines from Italy and Chile - so-called Berlin tasting, was impressive. Black, red-coloured wine, dusty blackcurrants on the nose and palate, very sophisticated, fabulous length and outstanding balance. Elegant, not exceptionally concentrated, but incredibly well-knitted. My initial impression was 100% Bordeaux because of this wine's elegance and complexity; my guess was Lafite 2005. It turned out to be Mouton Rothschild 2005, and I was impressed because it tasted much better than out of the barrel in April 2006. In November 2015, it was a wonderful experience with grated chocolate and cocoa on the nose, perfectly ripe grapes, sophisticated and sublime wine. Its best appearance yet, imho.

2001 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 96p

Tasted in April 2009. Fabulously aromatic nose of blackcurrants and cherries, stunning structure, richness and length. Utterly impressive stuff.

2000 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 100p

Tasted twice - last time in March 2010. Consistent notes. Still a baby! Enormous intensity, depth, length and concentration. Unbelievable effort!

1999 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 92p

Tasted in June 2015 during lunch at the BPDR booth in Vinexpo. It shows its age with truffles, great elegance and finesse and is well-balanced with very slight dry tones on the finish. Splendid wine-work.

1988 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 94p

Tasted in May 1993. Intense on the nose, refined with finesse. Well-balanced, well-constructed and complex with a very long finish. Impressive stuff with many years to improve even further.

1985 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 98p

Tasted three times - last time in November 2015. Consistent notes. Distinguished and classy stuff, wealthy and refined, sophisticated, truffles, fabulous structure and depth. Bull’s eye! Easily additional 20 years in the cellar.

1982 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 98-100p

Tasted twice - last time in October 1994. Consistent notes. Fantastic nose of perfectly ripe fruit with grace and depth. Heaven on the palate with perfect integration of fruit and tannin, strong structure, richness, exceptional purity, depth and length. Wow. I guess this wine will easily keep until 2040!

1971 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 94-95p

Tasted in October 2019. Very complex, refined and sophisticated, still young and virile. Great depth and length. Strong backbone. Great bottle to taste!

1970 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 94p

Tasted in February 2020. Powerful, complete, complex, refined and sophisticated, long pleasing finish. Sublime quality and pleasure here. Many years to go! 

1962 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 96p

Tasted in October 2021. So classic for the property with notes of forest floor and cigar box, great complexity and elegance, sophisticated touch and exquisite balance. Impressive stuff. 

1949 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 97p

Tasted in December 1990 from half bottle. Truffles, spicy blackcurrants, velvety structure, alive, extremely elegant and finesse. Great complexity and length. Fabulous stuff.

1937 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 98p

Tasted in April 2017 during dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. Fabulously aromatic nose and palate with truffles, tobacco and graphite, incredibly elegant and sophisticated, long, long finish.

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Pure delight -  80 years old, wine, alive and kicking!

1929 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 98p

Tasted in March 2009 during dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. Truffles on the nose and palate, chocolate powder, remarkable structure and balance, very elegant and sophisticated. Great bottle - still very much vivid and very much alive!

1928 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 96p

Tasted in April 2018 during dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. Classy nose with truffles, great structure and balance, very elegant and sophisticated. Great bottle - still very alive and graceful wine.

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