2017 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classe

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Winery Château Mouton Rothschild
Vintage 2017
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2070
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The famous Chateau Mouton Rothschild was the only chateau to have been promoted to a higher category in 1973 and joined the elite of the Premiers Grand Crus. The wines of Baroness Philipine de Rothschild are known for the changing label per harvest with each time an image of a different artist. The character of the wine is characterized by red berries and cedar with an increase in the share of more than 10% Merlot in the last decade. Château Mouton-Rothschild is world famous. It is located in the Bordeaux in Pauillac, on the border with Saint-Estèphe. It is next to another famous winery: Château Lafite-Rothschild. The winery covers 74 hectares and a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon, but also Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdon are added. Especially in full maturity, the Mouton-Rothschild can be recognized by its bouquet, pure cabernet sauvignon.

The 2017 Mouton Rothschild has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon ever at 90%, with 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose already sings of crushed black currants, warm blackberries and chocolate covered cherries with hints of violets, star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves plus hints of pencil and cedar wood. Medium-bodied, wonderfully delicate yet intense on the palate. It has super fine-grained, soft tannins and incredible freshness, and ends very long. This vintage lasts a long time in the basement!

Vineyard for 2017 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classe

Château Mouton Rothschild - Premier Cru Classé, Bordeaux

In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild buys the Château Brane-Mouton estate at auction because he wants to serve his own wine to his prestigious guests. The estate was located in Pauillac, in the heart of the Médoc, and would henceforth bear his name: Château Mouton Rothschild. In 1922, the estate came into the hands of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the great-grandson of Baron Nathaniel. 2 years later, he insists that all wine, which until then had been delivered in barrels to wine merchants in Bordeaux, be bottled in the castle. This decision meant that more storage space was needed. That is why the spectacular 100-meter Grand Chai (Great Barrel Hall), designed by the architect Charles Siclis, was built in 1926. In 1962 a museum was even opened on the estate. It was thus officially confirmed after a decree signed by Jacques Chirac, then Minister of Agriculture. Philippe's daughter, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, has taken over her father's estate and over the years has continued to modernize this beautiful family business. She has passed on her excellent dedication and working method to her 3 children, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais, who continue to manage the estates with the same ambition. This producer has 90 hectares of vineyard and was led by his daughter Baroness Philippine de Rothschild years after the death of her father Philippe. After the death of Philippine in 2014, son Philippe Sereys de Rothschild is ultimately responsible and the companies (in addition to Mouton, including Château Clerc Milon, Château d'Armailhac, Mouton Cadet, Opus One and Almaviva) are managed together with sister Camille and half-brother Julien. Second wine is called Petit Mouton and they produce a white wine called Aile d'Argent.

The vineyards of Château Mouton Rothschild are located northwest of Bordeaux, on the edge of the Medoc. The vines are planted on a narrow strip of land 80 km long and 5 to 10 km wide, close to the river, which moderates temperature differences. Bordering the northern border of the Landes forest, the Medoc benefits from the softness of its maritime climate while being protected at the same time. In 1855, the best 61 wines from the Haut-Médoc were qualified as 'Grand Cru Classé', again subdivided into 1st to 5th Cru. The selection was based on the prices paid for the wines since about 1750. The 1st cru includes Château Lafite, Latour, Margaux, and Haut-Brion. In 1973, Château Mouton was added to these four.

Pauillac is located on the Gironde, north west of the city of Bordeaux. Pauillac (which holds 1,200ha) is one of the best wine regions in the Haut-Médoc and is located below Saint-Estèphe. The village has 3 Premier Grands Cru Classés: Château Latour, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild. A total of 18 Grand Cru Classés from Pauillac account for 80% of the vineyard area. The upper layer of this wine region consists of gravel, with a subsoil of clay and limestone.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Winery Château Mouton Rothschild
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2017
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2070
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 98
James Suckling rating 98
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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