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Vines first appeared on what is now known as the Mouton-Rothschild estate in the early 18th century. Throughout the 18th century and first half of the 19th the quality of the wines increased steadily, often equalling those of the other top wines of Bordeaux, save for a short period of decline in the 1840s. This temporary fall from grace was to cost Mouton its likely status as a First Growth wine when the 1855 Classification was published, since the rankings were decided upon by the prices the wines had been fetching in the market place. The Rothschild family had bought the property in 1853, and its reputation was rapidly restored. The driving force, however, proved to be a later arrival, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, who assumed control in 1922. He was a dynamic figure who revolutionised much of the running of the estate. He was the first to introduce château-bottling, as early as 1924, and instigated the practice, after the Second World War, of employing a different artist each year to design the label. His greatest achievement was to have Mouton upgraded to 1st Growth Status in 1973, the only change ever to be made to the 1855 Classification. For decades the price of Mouton had matched, and frequently surpassed, that of the other First Growths, so the logic for the promotion was undeniable. Picasso was engaged to design that vintage’s label. Philippe died in 1988 and the estate passed into the hands of his daughter, Philippine. The vineyard, comprising 75 hectares of mainly gravel-based soils, is planted to 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Grapes are hand-picked, and the juice is fermented in barrel, not in vat. After fermentation the wine is aged in new oak for 22 months before bottling. Total production is 25-30,000 cases, split between Mouton itself and the second wine, Le Petit Mouton, established in 1993. Critics who found the wines of the 1990s to be less than profound point to too high a percentage of the crop being used in the Grand Vin, compared to the other First Growths. However, in recent years, the Estate Director, Hervé Berland, has presided over a gradual tightening up of all the viticultural and wine-making practices, with the result that Mouton is once again restored to a position alongside the very best wines of Bordeaux. In style the wines have immense appeal, with exotic, powerful aromas of cassis, minerals, tobacco leaf and graphite, backed by an opulence on the palate and impressive length on the finish. “Flamboyant” is a word sometimes used in tasting notes, and in comparative blind tastings this attribute is frequently what sets Mouton apart. What is sure is that Mouton has often produced the “wine of the vintage”, and under Hervé Berlaud’s direction the property looks sure to consolidate its status as one of the world’s greatest.
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Perhaps unfairly for the more elegant d’Armailhac, this was the first wine tasted in the Mouton flight. Given the strength of the Grand Vin it is no surprise that this is a deeply intense second wine with great power, concentration and focus. The palate drives a core of bright blackcurrant and darker cassis flavours which are picked up gracefully on the long finish. This is one to buy and enjoy whilst waiting for the Grand Vin. (Jake Dean, Berrys’ Fine Wine Sales Director)
2001 Petit Moutonhas has lovely fine, polished tannins, an attractive core of bright red fruit with a touch of bacon and a smokey coffee note on the finish.
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Magnum 6 x 150cl
Tasting at Mouton is an entertaining affair, with top-of-the-range golf buggies driven by chic ladies clad all in black brought in to ferry the trade from Check In to the hallowed halls of the Departure Lounge. The château seems to feel the need to impress but there really is no need – the wine does this all on its own in 2008. With a dense, dark nose and juicy, brooding fruit, the 2008 Grand Vin is a wine of which the Baroness can be proud. Quite clearly one of our favourite of the First Growths this year, it has a lovely, savoury minerality that gives it elegance, despite its power. This is a wine of gravitas with layers upon layers of dark fruit coating fine tannins with an almost glycerol-like texture. It is encouraging to see that Mouton has once again performed superbly in 2008; this is one of the top wines of the vintage. Simon Staples, Berrys' Fine Wine Director
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Bottle 12 x 75cl
Often criticised for being somewhat exotic and 'new world' in style, the 2004 Mouton shows pure 'old world' charm. This is possibly because a new winemaker, from Ch. Branaire, has taken over this year. The nose is rich and spicy with lovely ripe Cabernet fruit - the blend comprises 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot - which is a bit more subtle on the palate. Round and velvety with plenty of ripe tannins and great balance, this is more approachable than the other First Growths and is easily as good as Mouton's 2000 and 2002.
D. Magnum 1 x 300cl
We are delighted to say that the 2001 has everything that a classic Bordeaux should. With tiny yields of only 28hl/ha and a huge percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (86%) in the blend this is a multi-dimensional marvel. Almost black in colour, it has a rich, sweet nose of pure Cabernet fruit, pencil shavings and subtle new oak. On the palate the oak integrates beautifully with dense black cherries, cream and spices. Ripe yet firm meaty tannins are evident but not obtrusive, while a wonderful minerally quality permeates through to the very long finish. Complex and rewarding, this is more restrained that usual and will need time to reach its best.
Sumptuous, decadent blackcurrants with warm spicy oak on the nose. Explosive and exotic on the palate with a generous and creamy weight to it. This fantastic wine is even more seductive than Mouton's legendary 1982 and 1986. I get the feeling that more modern vintages may be even greater still. (Simon Staples - Berrys' Fine Wine Director - Feb 2010)
A deep opaque colour, heavy tannic black fruit flavours and striking vanilla overtones make this quite a cumbersome wine to taste in its youth. More importantly, the wine has depth and a very good intewnse structure, guranteeing it to be a classic for long-term ageing.
Imperial 1 x 600cl
This is truly a masterpiece.A majestic, complex, rich, intoxicating nose with exciting, racy,pure cassis notes leads on to a sublime, multi, multi-layered palate with a precise, cool, silky core of the ripest blackcurrants with a generous dollop of double cream.This really is a spectacular, flawless wine that not only rivals the other 2005 First Growths but surpasses 2 or 3 of them. Whether this is as great as the 1928 or 1945 is just too soon to call, but this will definitely be one of the greatest cases you might ever have in your cellar. Awe-inspiring!
Jeroboam 1 x 500cl
This has totally amazing concentration on the nose. Spicy, warm and decadent blackcurrant aromas award this the "green jacket" for most seductive nose of the week. It has a beguiling richness and weight in the mouth which is almost viscous but not even vaguely cloying. Sensational in everyway this château is just going from strength to strength, and this fabulous wine could easily surpass their recent triumphs (2008/2006/2005) and even the legends of the past (1945/1959/1961). Multilayered, magnificent, Mouton! Simon Staples, BBR Sales & Marketing Director