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Chateau Mouton Rothschild 

A 1er Cru Classe the estate is often referred to with affection as Mouton, the estate occupies an important position in the Bordeaux hierarchy. Once a part of the Lafite stable, with whose vineyards Mouton continues to be intermingled, the estate’s vine plantations date back to the early 18th century. Quality increased during the 18th and 19th centuries and it was in this period that one Baron Hector de Branne, know as the "Napoleon of the vines", together with neighbour Armand Armailhacq, is said to have introduced the Cabernet Sauvignon variety in the Medoc.

De Branne retired from the estate in 1830 and sold it on, from which point Mouton saw comparatively short periods of different ownership until, in 1853, the property was bought by Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, of the English branch of the family, two years prior to the 1855 classification.  This checkered period had led to price decline for Mouton and probably cost the chateau an otherwise likely position among the First Growths, as the local courtiers (brokers) drew up the classification based on the prices being fetched in the market at the time.

Although not satisfied with this result it was not seriously contested until the Baron’s son, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, took the helm in 1922. The impact of the initiatives of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, in particular in his return to the estate after World War 11 were to become far-reaching, both for Chateau Mouton and the wider Bordeaux trade. This was most evident in his early introduction of chateau-bottling, which he proposed for all the First Growths, in 1924, and raised eyebrows in Bordeaux when he employed poster artist, Carlu, to design an art deco label for the 1924 vintage, including the Rothschild arrows. Since 1924, Mouton has famously employed a different artist each year to design its label, including Cocteau, Braque, Dali, Bacon, Henry Moore and Picasso. 

De Rothschild became the driving force of the chateau and revolutionised the running of the estate and established Mouton Cadet as what was originally a second wine. It was during this period that tireless campaigning was undertaken to elevate Mouton from its second growth status to that of First Growth, an objective that was achieved in 1973, the only time the classification has been changed. At this point Mouton had been maintained price levels at the level of and sometimes surpassing its First Growth peers for the decades, the logic of such assent was clear.

 

Mouton Rothschild

 

Vineyards and production

Mouton has 80ha./200 acres of vineyard planted to 77 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 12 per cent Merlot (much increased in the late 1990s), 9 per cent Cabernet Franc, and 2 per cent Petit Verdot. The estate produces about 25-30,000 cases per year, including Le Petit Mouton, a second wine introduced in 1994 and Aile d’Argent, a dry white under AC Bordeaux produced since 1991.

Viticultural and wine-making practices are exceptionally tightly managed at Mouton who hand-picks their grapes and ferments in barrel not vat, followed by 22 months in new oak for the Grand Vin

 
Style

Mouton is a wine of tremendous depth and appeal, combining classic of cassis and cigar box aromas and graphite minerality with powerful, occasionally exotic aromas, Mouton is sometimes described as possessing a flamboyant, opulent power and has often produced the wine of the vintage.

  

Top-rated vintages

Vintage
RP
JR
Market price £
 £/Parker Points
2009
96-98+
18.5
7225
                  390.54
2008
94-96
18.5-
7864.5
                  425.11
2006
98+
18
5750
                  319.44
2005
96
18.5+
5900
                  318.92
2003
95+
17.5
4650
                  265.71
2000
96+
17.5
10500
                  600.00
1998
96
17
3900
                  229.41
1995
95
18.5
4300
                  232.43
1986
100
18.5
5000
                  270.27
1982
100
18
13475
                  748.61
 
Prices as per May 2011
 
 
Market
 
Liv-ex Power 100 ranking
2010
Total score
2009
Move
3
49
2
-1


Liv-ex Power 100 is a list of the top performers over the previous year and their position starting the current year. The indice traces the movement of chateau and other wines using a sophisticated weighting system based on average prices, production, notional availability and Parker Points

 

 

Release price evolution 
Vintage
Ex-négociant €
London release price £
2009
550
7800
2008
120
1450
2007
240
2450
2006
325
3400
2005
360
3500

  

Mouton-Rothschild at a glance
Commune: Pauillac
Soils: Fine, well-drained and deep gravel soils with significant deposits of iron and marl and lime
Climate: Maritime
District: Medoc
Classification: 1er Cru Classe
Owner: Baroness Philippine de Rothschild
Wine-maker: Philippe Dhalluin (since 2003)
Vineyard: 80ha/200 acres. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon vines, 12 % Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Vinification and ageing (grand vin): Oak barrel fermentation followed by new oak barriques for 22 months
Production:25-30,000 cases
Wines: Mouton-Rothschild, Le Petit Mouton and Aile d’Argent.
Other holdings: The Rothschilds have an extensive range of holdings and joint ventures, in Bordeaux and other wine regions in the Old and New World

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