A first growth since 1973, Château Mouton Rothschild is one of the world's greatest wines. Owned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the only child of the legendary Baron Philippe, Château Mouton Rothschild has 84 hectares of vines in Pauillac. The terroir is outstanding, with well-drained soil and great sun exposure. The greatest care and attention are lavished on Mouton Rothschild at every step of the way, from the vine to the bottle, combining both age-old methods and state-of-the-art techniques. In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, acquired Château Brane-Mouton, which he renamed Mouton Rothschild. In 1922, his great-grandson, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, decided to take over management of the estate. He oversaw winemaking, leaving a strong mark on the estate and introducing many innovations. In 1926, he built the famous grand chai, one of the major attractions during a visit to Mouton. 1945 marked the beginning of a painting by a famous artist on the label of every vintage of Mouton. Inaugurated in 1962, a Museum of Wine in Art, displaying three millennia of works of art revolving around the theme of wines and vines, attracts thousands of visitors.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
It is four years since I last tasted the 1996 Château Mouton-Rothschild. Approaching 20 years old, the nose is now open for business but remaining classic in style, a mixture of red and black fruit, hickory, cedar and just a hint of lavender. It is very complex and beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly herbaceous, undergrowth-tinged opening, the tannins just a little abrasive at the moment, exerting a firmness in the mouth. I feel it is almost as if the palate has not kept pace with the aromatics, requiring more substance to fill out the foursquare finish. If you like a slightly more austere Pauillac then you will adore this, though I don't think it quite reaches the potential that it showed a few years ago. Tasted August 2016.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc|
|Producer/Bottled by||BARON PHILIPPE DE ROTHSCHILD 33250 PAUILLAC FRANCE|
|Classification||1er cru classe|
|Producer||Château Mouton Rothschild|
- R. Gabriel : 19
- J. Robinson : 18
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 96
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc