Something about Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Formerly known as Château Brane-Mouton, it was in 1853 that Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild acquired the property located on the Left Bank in the Bordeaux region in the Médoc. From this date, the Château was renamed Château Mouton-Rothschild. Under the leadership of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild saw its reputation grow to become an emblem of the Pauillac appellation. Taking over the reins of the estate in 1922, Baron Philippe de Rothschild was at the core of all the major and innovative decisions during his time there. From 1924, Mouton-Rothschild was the first property in the Bordeaux region to bottle the wine on the estate and to mention this on its label. The barrel no storage capacities on the estate quickly become insufficient. The “Grand Cellar” at 100 metres long was designed in 1926, and was an architectural feat at that time. In 1973, Château Mouton-Rothschild acquired the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé. With the same passion and commitment as her father, the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild took over in 1988. Up until 2014, the estate had its facilities further expanded and modernized, which has left a profound mark on the estate. Today, the three children, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, all co-owners of the château, continue in the footsteps of their predecessors.
Château Mouton Rothschild overlooks 90 hectares of vines and is established on an exceptional terroir. The château takes its name from the fabulous gravel outcrops resting on a marl-limestone soil. In ancient French, the word for a mound of earth was “mothon”, and then it became “mouton”, the name which now adorns the château.
With typical Médoc vineyard plantings, Château Mouton-Rothschild’s signature is that of the emblematic black grape of the Left Bank. The Cabernet Sauvignon represents 81% of the vineyard plantings and has built the identity of the estate’s vineyards.
Splendid and racy, Château Mouton-Rothschild’s wines have an inimitable style that are recognized by purists from all over the world. The power and richness of the aromatic palette are revealed in a complex and refined bouquet. This bouquet offers notes of black fruit and blackcurrant, and then it evolves into spicy notes like vanilla and smoky scents like incense and cedar. With monumental structure, the palate reveals a fleshy mouthfeel enveloped in tannins. The length of the finish with its minerality and dazzling refinement further displays the power of the wine.
Since 1945, Château Mouton-Rothschild is associated with an piece of artwork. Each new vintage from the estate reveals a new label that is a reproduction of an original contemporary artwork that is solely created for Château Mouton-Rothschild.
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The 2017 Mouton Rothschild is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it slowly unfurls to reveal notes of warm black plums, baked black cherries, kirsch and freshly crushed blackcurrants with hints of candied violets, cinnamon toast, Ceylon tea and pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, the palate is charged with amazing energy, featuring dynamic black and red fruits and loads of baking spice and mineral sparks, framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and finishing long and fragrant. Given the intensity of fruit and structure, while this is a relatively elegant Mouton that will be approachable early on, I don’t see it as being short lived. It should give pleasure for a good 40+ years. Drink: 2022-2067
Extremely perfumed Mouton with currants and crushed berries. Hints of roses and other flowers. Tight and extremely refined with ultra-fine tannins and cool yet rich currant character. The center palate offers sweet cherries and hints of oak. Lightly sweet and sour. Fresh, balsamic note. It firms up at the end. Solid. A blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon, 9% merlot and 1% petit verdot. Try after 2025.
The 2017 Mouton Rothschild is a powerful, brooding wine that very much reflects the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Not in the mood to show much, the 2017 is also very much closed in on itself. Time in the glass brings out hints of black cherry jam, wild flowers and spice, but that's about it. Readers will have to be patient with the 2017, but I am not sure Mouton will ever be an elegant wine in this vintage. Time will tell. Drink 2025 - 2057
Vibrancy is one of the key themes of the year in the most successful properties, and this has bright, plump fruit and good depth of colour, even if it's less concentrated than the past few vintages. The Pauillac first growths have done a great job in 2017, and it's hard to question the depth of fruit and richness here - there's no doubting that this is a great Mouton. Cassis and blackberry notes are delivered with precision, but there is a clear restraint that is another signature of 2017, and perhaps doesn't reflect Mouton's personality as much as some of its neighbours. There's not the same weight of tannins as 2016 (around 70 IPT this year, still a high amount), but it's a beautiful, persistent, gorgeous wine that will age gracefully. 100% new oak. (Image is the 2015 bottle; the design for the 2017 label will be revealed later). Drinking Window 2027 - 2042
The 2017 Mouton-Rothschild is lucid in colour, quite deep like the Le Petit Mouton. It has a pixelated bouquet with precise blackberry, raspberry and crushed stone aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated so that the aromatics have unerring focus. The palate is medium-bodied with a graphite-tinged entry that is actually reminiscent of Latour in many ways. This Mouton-Rothschild is all about finesse and poise, the acidity beautifully judged and with superb tension on the finish. One of the finest Left Bank wines of the vintage, there are few 2017s superior to this. Drink 2025-2055.