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 :
Like many of its peers, the 1998 has filled out spectacularly. Now in the bottle, this opaque black/purple-colored offering has increased in stature, richness, and size. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc (57% of the production was utilized), it is an extremely powerful, super-concentrated wine offering notes of roasted espresso, creme de cassis, smoke, new saddle leather, graphite, and licorice. It is massive, with awesome concentration, mouth-searing tannin levels, and a saturated flavor profile that grips the mouth with considerable intensity. This is a 50-year Mouton, but patience will be required as it will not be close to drinkability for at least a decade. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.
|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 : 17
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 91
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc