Chateau Mouton Rothschild – Pauillac 1st Grand Cru 2017
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
Wine Advocate: 97-99Pts; James Suckling: 98Pts; Vinous: 96Pts; Decanter: 96Pts; Jancis Robinson: 18/20
Chateau Mouton Rothschild is a prestigious winery located in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux region in France. The winery has a rich history that dates back to the mid-19th century. In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, a member of the prominent Rothschild family of bankers, purchased the estate and began to make improvements to the vineyards and winemaking facilities. The estate was originally known as Chateau Brane-Mouton, and it wasn’t until 1922 that it was officially renamed Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
In 1924, the winery was classified as a Second Growth in the famous Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, which is still used today to classify the best Bordeaux wines. During World War II, the winery was confiscated by the German army and used as a headquarters. After the war, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Nathaniel’s great-grandson, took over the estate and set about improving the quality of the wine. He introduced new winemaking techniques and modernized the facilities, and in 1973, Chateau Mouton Rothschild was elevated to the status of a First Growth in the Bordeaux classification.
Chateau Mouton Rothchild
2.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, 97% Cabernet Sauvignon
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