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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux wine, First Growth, producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

The start of the famous Rothschild family begins in 1744, with the birth of Amschel Meyer. Amschel Meyer began creating his fortune while working as a merchant at “zum Roten Schild,” which eventually became the family name of Rothschild. In 1798 his sons were sent to various cities to create their fortunes as well. Needless to say, his sons all prospered as did their children in turn. This eventually led to their desire to own a chateau in Bordeaux.

The official birth of Chateau Mouton Rothschild took place in 1853. At that time, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, an English member of the Rothschild family, purchased a property in Pauillac called Château Brane-Mouton. As was the custom of the day, the new owner renamed it using his name and Chateau Mouton Rothschild was born. In 1868, James Rothschild, another member of the family purchased Chateau Lafite.

It can be argued that the modern age of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, along with the modernization of the entire Bordeaux wine region began at the same time. In terms of time, it was quite recent. Especially when compared to the age of the appellation. In fact it took place less than one hundred years ago. Both events started when the young Baron Philippe Rothschild, who was only 20 years old at the time, gained control of the famous Bordeaux wine property Mouton Rothschild. The Baron completely changed how Bordeaux wine was produced and sold.

Starting in 1922, due to the Baron’s changes at Chateau Mouton Rothschild, many of the methods and techniques initiated by the Baron were seen as radical in the 1920′s. However, today, most are still practiced by all the top producers of Bordeaux wine today!

The Left Bank property was world famous for its wines. But some people, especially the young Baron Philippe Rothschild knew the estate could produce better Bordeaux wine. He was sure Chateau Mouton was as good as any of the First Growth wines from the Medoc. In the original 1855 Classification, Chateau Mouton Rothschild awarded Second Growth status. He made it his mission to earn the coveted First Growth status for Mouton Rothschild.

What the Baron accomplished at Mouton Rothschild. in only two years is nothing short of amazing. The Baron was the first Bordeaux wine maker to insist on bottling all his wine at the estate. He started what was at the time considered to be an unusual idea. This allowed total control over the Bordeaux wine he sold from Mouton Rothschild. Prior to that point, chateaux either bottled their wine, or sold it in barrel to negociants, who bottled and sold the wine. The more common practice was to sell the wine in barrel to negociants. Keep in mind, at the time, bottling at the property was a revolutionary concept. This new practice created a need for more storage at the property. In 1926, the Baron constructed the famous “Grand Chai” of Mouton Rothschild.

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In 1933, The Baron purchased a neighboring vineyard, Château Mouton d’Armailhacq. The property was renamed Château d’Armailhac in 1989 by his wife, the Baroness Philippine. Part of the reason for the purchase was, the estate came with a Bordeaux negociant firm which eventually became known as “Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A.”

At the same time the Baron Philippe Rothschild was adding to his holdings in Pauillac, he created another important, innovation for the Bordeaux industry. He was the first to create a branded wine that would be known all over the world that sold for a price every consumer could afford. The genesis behind what would become Mouton Cadet took place in the 1930’s, following 3 extremely, poor vintages. The Baron chose the name Mouton Cadet because it translates into the “Youngest brother of Mouton.” Because those 3 vintages did not produce much wine at the level expected from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, much of the wine was sold under the name of Mouton Cadet. That tradition caught on and by the mid 1950’s the wine had turned into the world’s most popular branded, inexpensive Bordeaux wine.

The now famous series of labels portrayed on the labels for Mouton Rothschild started in 1945. The debut label was perfect for the times and the wine. The image The Baron chose was a symbol celebrating the Liberation of France. With the famous “V” for Victory label, a tradition was born! From that point on, each label vintage was based on an original work of art created specifically for this purpose by famous artists : Miró, Chagall, Braque, Picasso, Warhol, Bacon, Balthus, Tàpies and a myriad of famous artists have contributed to this tradition.

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Mouton Rothschild was always a First Growth Bordeaux wine property in the eyes of the Baron. However, it was considered a Second Growth when the Classification took place in 1855. After existing for over 100 years without a single change, nobody believed the Classification would ever change. That is nobody except the Baron. He became the only person to succeed in changing the 1855 classification: Château Mouton Rothschild became officially a “Premier Cru Classé” (First Classified Growth).

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In 1973, the front label on every bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild boasted…

“Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change”.
First I am, second I was, I Mouton do not change.

In 1988, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who had been associated with her father’s work for some time, succeeded her father who passed away that year. Under the direction of the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, in 1994, Chateau Mouton Rothschild began to produce a much needed, second Bordeaux wine, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild. Le Petit Mouton takes its name from the official residence of the Baroness and her family, which is a small house located next to the chateau that is known as Petit Mouton.

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The Bordeaux wine vineyard of Mouton Rothschild is situated on the “Mouton plateau.” The terroir consists of deep gravel over a limestone base, 27 meters above sea level. The elevations and slopes offer natural drainage that is important for the best Bordeaux vineyards.

The 75 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Mouton Rothschild as a terroir filled with gravel, rocks, sand, clay and limestone soils. The vineyard of Chateau Mouton Rothschild is planted to 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot with vines averaging 44 years of age. The vineyards are planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.

At Mouton Rothschild, they have a unique, labor intensive method of vineyard management practices. For the vines and different parcels, the same people are responsible for the same parcels every year, under the supervision of a specific vine manager. After pruning, the vines are tied. In the spring the young shoots are trained between the wires to allow ample space for the tractors to work the soil without harming the vines. Green harvesting is practiced. In select years the crop may be thinned in July to help to eliminate unripe clusters which reduces yields and concentrates the grapes.

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Picking is done entirely by hand. The grapes are collected in 12 kilo open baskets. The young vines are harvested first and go through fermentation separately. Prior to destemming, the grapes are again sorted by hand with a berry by berry selection with only the best fruits used for the production of Mouton Rothschild.

Designed by the noted Architect Bernard Mazieres and theatrical designer Richard Peduzzi, the renovations were extensive and included an entirely new, state of the art, gravity fed, vinification cellar. One of the unique creations was the invention of windows on the large, oak, fermentation vats. These thick glass windows all wine the wine maker to peer into the vat from the top to the bottom. The famous museum as well as the art galleries have been entirely renovated as well. The new cellars, which are estimated to have cost close to 20 million Euros were completed in time for the 2013 harvest at Mouton Rothschild.

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To produce the wine of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, the wine is vinified in 64 large, temperature controlled wood, 225 hectoliter vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. Chateau Mouton Rothschild is always aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 19 to 22 months. There is a second wine, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild. The estate also makes a dry, white wine from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle, Aile d’Argent.

Since the arrival of Philippe Dalhuin, the amount of cases being produced of the Grand Vin continues to decrease, while the quality of the wine being made increases. As an example, previously, it was not unheard of for the estate to release 25,000 cases to as much as 30,000 cases of Mouton Rothschild. Today, that is not what takes place. The percentage of the crop used for Mouton Rothschild is now closer to 40% on average, which means they produce an average of 20,000 cases of Chateau Mouton Rothschild or less per vintage. This is clearly seen in the increased quality of the wine being produced today, which continues to improve. In 2006, Mouton Rothschild is clearly the wine of the vintage.

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Mouton Rothschild is the most flamboyant style of wine of all the First Growths. With Asian spices, opulent textures, an exotic personality and the ability to age and evolve for decades, Chateau Mouton Rothschild is not only one of the finest Bordeaux wines, but it is also one of the world’s great wines.

Aside from their three estates in Bordeaux, the company also produces wines in the Napa Valley with Opus One, in Limoux with Domaine de Baron’arques and at Almaviva in Chile. When added to all their branded and negociant wines, in total, the company sells more than $350,000,000 worth of a wine each.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc

    1. Flowers, citrus rind, peach, spice and stone move to a refreshing white Bordeaux wine with fruity sweetness and a finish brimming with grapefruit and candied lemon. 90 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Hints of vanilla bean, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and truffle lead to a medium/full bodied-wine with cassis, blackberry and soft, polished tannins. The wine should improve and add more depth with a few years of aging. From 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the yields were 30.1 hectoliters per hectare. Less than 50% of the harvest was placed in the Grand Vin. 2013 represents the smallest amount of cases produced at Mouton Rothschild since 1969. Interestingly, the Merlot at Mouton Rothschild went through veraison after the Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time in Philippe Dhalluin’s memory. 93-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  3. 2013 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild

    1. The medium-bodied, forward style allows the soft, bright and spicy essence of cassis and blackberry to shine through. From 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, this will be fun to drink on release. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2012 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild

    1. The wine pops with fresh grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach and waxy notes. The wine is fresh, lively and bright with an orange- and lemon-filled finish that’s easy to drink. 89-91 Pts.

      89 points - Tasted
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  5. 2012 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. 2012 marks the debut vintage utilizing the new facilities at Mouton Rothschild. Blending 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. Stone, cedar, tobacco, cassis, orange liqueur, slate and fresh herbs create the perfume. The wine is structured, refined, masculine and tannic. The tannins are ripe, powerful and strong, giving the structure to age for patient consumers. This is quite nice for the vintage. 94-95 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  6. 2011 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc

    1. Citrus, stone, lemon and lime, along with zesty acidity and a fresh, citrus peel note in the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. The nose is filled with fresh, zesty lemon, green apple, grapefruit and stone. Full bodied, rich and packed with ripe, crisp, refreshing citrus, the wine was produced from a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Semillon and 2% Muscadelle. 91-93 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2011 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Cassis and gravel in the nose, that become further complicated with notes of cedar wood, tobacco, black raspberry and cigar box accents. The wine has a gritty, polished sensation on the palate, with loads of fresh, sweet, round textured, blackberry and dark plum notes in the finish. With bottle age, this could score higher.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. With a large percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 90%, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this deeply colored wine offers boysenberry, coffee, truffle, smoke, blackberry, earth and black cherry. With ripe tannins and plush sensations, this classic, opulent, stylish, concentrated vintage of Mouton Rothschild ends with deep blackberry and spicy cassis. 94-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  8. 2011 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild

    1. Cedar chest, celery and dusty, cassis notes, medium bodied, with an open and accessible, spicy, fresh red and black plum personality.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot create the blend. Flowers, spice, coffee and blackberry with medium body and a soft, approachable black cherry finish. 88-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  9. 2010 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Wow! If I won the lottery, I'd buy this wine. It's stunning! The showy perfume is impossible to ignore. The wine is incredibly dense. The fruit is rich, ripe and multi faceted. The wine is intense, vibrant, lively and palate staining with the texture of pure polished velvet and silk. Young and primal today, in 20 years, this will be the wine to own, if you won the lottery.

      99 points - Tasted
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    2. Deep in color, fresh ground espresso bean, cedar stone, licorice, herb and jammy black cherries create an attention grabbing perfume. Powerful, full bodied, rich, refined, sensuous, and sexy, the wine is plush, opulent, fresh and rich. There is a lot of density and power, yet everything is in balance. This is a beautiful, exotic expression that shows all the reason why Mouton Rothschild deserves its reputation and First Growth status.

      99 points - Tasted
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    3. Inky in color, this sublime Pauillac offers an explosive nose filled with coffee, Asian spice, crème de cassis, tobacco, pepper and toasty oak that is dense, plush, rich, opulent and intense. With an exotic leaning, this stunning, mouth coating Bordeaux wine feels like pure silk and velvet meshed with power. 98-100 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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    4. Mouton Rothschild represents the largest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used in blend in the history of the chateau at 94%. The remainder is Merlot. The wine reached 14% alcohol, which is slightly higher than the estate achieved in 2009. From 49% of the harvest, which already experienced low yields due to the weather, the wine achieved natural concentration. Inky dark ruby with purple edges, abundant scents of cedar, truffle, tobacco, boysenberry, cassis, and hints of blueberry prepare your palate for a bath in pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich silk textures, power and refined elegance with a suave, exotic, opulent style is the signature of this wine which explodes on your palate and continues to broaden and expand in flavor. This is a great vintage of Mouton which competes with the sublime 2006. 97-100 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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  10. 2010 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc

    1. Grapefruit, lemon and lime notes open to a refreshing, zippy, citrus and stone finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2010 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild

    1. The best vintage of Le Petit Mouton made yet, delivers pungent aromas of ripe black raspberries, plum, oak and fennel. There is a plush, polished feeling to the tannins, that finishes with layers of fresh, ripe, dark cherries with hints of cocoa. This is already drinking well.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Oak, spice and blackberry aromas lead to a medium/full bodied soft textured, coffee, cassis and dark berry finish. 90-91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. Le Petit Mouton de Rothschild - From an assemblage of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the wine is spicy, with bright cassis, oak and earth in the nose. Medium bodied with fresh cassis and dark berries, this is the best vintage of this wine I recall tasting. This Pauillac will show well young. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 2009 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. The color of dark black ink with red accents, the perfume is packed with spice box, vanilla, smoke, crème de cassis, blackberry, tobacco, truffle, licorice, forest floor and lead pencil. In the mouth, this pure, ostentatious wine is rich, long and concentrated. The finish is packed with fresh, dark berries, Asian spice and lush blackberry liqueur.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Mouton is inky, with purple and blue tints. Blackberry, cassis, cedar, lead pencil, spice and coffee make a potent perfume. The wine is flamboyant, opulent, and expressive. With refined tannins, this concentrated, silky wine ends with dark fruit and cassis flavors. 96-98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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  13. 2009 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild

    1. Stone, coffee, licorice, earth, forest and cassis are found in the perfume. From a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this medium bodied Pauillac ends with a tannic, fresh, crisp, cassis and blackberry finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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  14. 2008 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. 08 Château Mouton Rothschild showed good depth of color. Black fruit, Asian spice, and vanilla were everywhere in the nose. This full bodied wine builds in the mouth. The rounded tannins promote the opulent, rich style. The 08 is a classic Mouton, less exotic than some earlier vintages. But it’s going to win a lot of fans. 92-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  15. 2006 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. 2006 Mouton Rothschild is the wine of the vintage. It’s only 4 years old, and its potential is already clearly evident. The best wines offer a uniqueness of character and 2006 Mouton has that in spades! The aromatics explode from the glass. The complex perfume is filled with primary scents of smoke, caramel, tar, espresso, coffee, chocolate, spicy black cherry and cassis. This dense wine is extremely rich and offers multiple layers of fruit and freshness. It coats your palate with a finish that lasts close to 60 seconds! The fruit displays an intense purity that is hard to find. Consumers wanting to own a great vintage of Mouton should be laying down the 2006. In my opinion, in the years to come, this will be considered one of the legendary vintages of Mouton Rothschild. While it’s expensive, it sells for less than other recent vintages like 2000, 2005 and 2009 and this is a better wine! 99 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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  16. 2005 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Attention seeking aromas of black cherry, smoke, tobacco, cigar box, spice, cassis and cedar chest get the ball rolling. Rich, polished, refined and round, still young, give this another 10-20 years before it releases all its charms.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Cassis, blackberry, tobacco, earth and cedar wood, with a hint of lead pencil, full bodied with layers of fresh cassis and blackberry, round tannins and a plush, opulent character. Give it until 2020 before popping a bottle.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. Sweet oak, currant, fennel and spice were easy to find. Very rich, sexy, mouth feel. Opulent fruit and polished, silky tannins. Full bodied and concentrated with ripe fruit. The wine ends with a long finish.

      95 points - Tasted
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  17. 2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Cigar box, jammy black raspberry, mint, ash, tobacco, cedar wood, cloves, cinnamon and wet forest floor notes start the fireworks. On the palate, the rich, sensuous, flamboyant, showy wine is a hedonistic treat for the senses from start to finish.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. In a vintage that produced several legendary wines from the Northern Medoc, the 2003 Mouton Rothschild is a bit of a disappointment. From a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine is already starting to open up, which is a rarity for Mouton, a wine that's known for often taking decades to mature. Tobacco, earth, Asian spice, creme de cassis, blueberry, smoke, licorice and gravel scents produce the perfume. Soft and opulent in texture, with a flamboyant personality, the wine is surprisingly low in alcohol for the vintage at 12.9%. It lacks that special something found in the top wines from the controversial vintage.

      94 points - Tasted
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  18. 2002 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. This was a treat as First Growths are not popped that much these day. This is coming along nicely, with tobacco, cedar wood, cassis and earthy, forest floor notes continue developing. It's not the most concentrated vintage of Mouton, but it's starting to soften and fill out, while adding complexity and charm. Produced from a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, I'd give it another 5 - 8 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 2 decades.

      93 points - Tasted
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  19. 2001 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. 2001 Mouton is already showing secondary notes. Smoke, truffle, cassis, burnt leaves and blackberries make up the perfume. The hint of greenness in the finish is not helped by the sensation of cranberry which ends with a fresh cassis note. Still young, it may flesh out in the future. But I’m not holding my breath. 91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  20. 2000 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Espresso bean, Asian spice, crushed stone, mulberries, cassis and floral aromas make up the complex perfume. Luscious, rich, round and filled with plush, dark berries, this opulent, stylish Pauillac finishes with silky tannins, rich, spicy, dark berries. 5-10 more years will add a lot to this strong wine.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoke, herbs, cassis, espresso and Asian spice are easy to find in the perfume. The texture is soft, plush and round. But the wine lacks the same level of power, intensity and purity of the other top wines of the vintage.

      96 points - Tasted
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  21. 1999 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Quite nice and on its way to maturity with a nose of tobacco, spice, cassis, black cherry, cedar chest, smoke, coffee beans and a hint of truffle. Round, soft tannins and a plush, classy, dark cherry, plum, cassis and spicy finish make this one of the best wines of the vintage. From a blend of with a high percentage of Merlot for Mouton Rothschild, 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, you can drink it now, or wait a few years. Medium/full bodied, lacking the concentration of the better vintages, it's not a wine to lay down for decades, but it's a fine version of a classic Pauillac that married perfectly with a roast chicken. The original sale price tag of $85 brought a smile to our face. Those were the days...

      92 points - Tasted
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  22. 1998 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Cassis, smoke, earth, Asian spice and blackberry aromas lead to a full bodied wine with ample concentration. But the character of the vintage shows due to the lack of selection utilized by the chateau at the time. The finish shows signs of green olive tapenade in the slightly rough textures.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Cedar, truffle and Asian spice add to the black fruit, cassis aromatics. Very silky with a concentrated mouth feel and pure Cabernet finish. This is only going to improve.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. With 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% more than Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, this deeply colored, large scaled Pauillac offers aromatics of cassis, mocha, coffee and exotic spices. Very tannic, but lacking the same level of finesse found in the tannins from Chateau Lafite-Rothschild of this same vintage. At least two decades of sleep are required before this wine develops and becomes civilized.

      94 points - Tasted
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  23. 1997 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Spicy cassis, incense, cedar chest, tobacco and smoke aromas, medium body and a light, black raspberry and spice filled finish are found in this wine. This is showing well today. However, it is not a vintage of Mouton Rothschild I’d hold for further aging.

      91 points - Tasted
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  24. 1996 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. With a high percentage of Cabernet Franc at 10% of the blend, cigar box, leaf, mint, cassis, blackberry, spice, smoke, coffee and tobacco notes come to the forefront without much effort. On the palate, the wine is deep, rich, concentrated, long, powerful and structured to age. Still on the young side, while approachable now, if you like young Bordeaux, I’d give it 5 – 10 more years to soften and come together before popping another bottle.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. From a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with tobacco, cigar box, crème de cassis, minerality, damp earth, fennel, smoke, and an array spice box aromas. Full bodied and powerful, this Bordeaux wine awards you with a juicy, rich mouthful of fresh, ripe cabernet sauvignon. The long finish ends with a blast of blackberry, spice and black cherry. While already showing well, this special Pauillac wine will gain additional complexity along with more opulent layers of texture with time.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. 1996 Mouton Rothschild is ripe, rich, powerful and filled with juicy cassis. The fruit shows purity and intensity along with richness. Still young, this will open early for a top vintage of Mouton. It can be enjoyed today, or held for decades.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. Dark in color and filled with even darker fruit, exotic spice, incense, coffee and cassis. Rich, concentrated, deep and filled with ripe fruit and soft tannins. This polished wine will be be sublime in another decade or two, patience is required.

      96 points - Tasted
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  25. 1995 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. With close to 3 hours of decanting, 1995 Mouton Rothschild developed a nose of tobacco, espresso bean, earth, crème de cassis, ash, herbs, spearmint and spicy cherries. Still tannic, this is a big, powerful, refined, but masculine Pauillac. Once the wine started softening, the spicy, boysenberry filled finish fleshed out, becoming a lot more fun to drink. From a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, the wine needs at least another decade or more to soften before it's fun to drink. . You can drink this now, but it's still young and on the brawny side.

      95 points - Tasted
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  26. 1994 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Medium bodied, bright, and leaning to the austere side of the stye range, there is touch of roughness of to the tannins and some herbal notes, along with a core of earthym spicy, dark cherry and cassis fruit. This is an OK Pauiilac, but not really a great example of Mouton. This is drinking about as good as its going to get. If you have laid some down for birthdays or anniversaries, the wine is not in danger of fading away.

      90 points - Tasted
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  27. 1990 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. A nice wine for sure, but lacking the depth, texture and opulence found in the best vintages. The wine displays secondary characteristics at this stage. It's a nice Bordeaux, but not a great Mouton Rothschild.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Fully mature, with tobacco, herb, forest floor and spicy cassis notes, the wine is light in color, light on the palate and lean in the finish, with fading fruit in the finish. For a First Growth from a great vintage that sells for this much money, the wine was a major disappointment. Drink up as this is only going to get worse with time.

      88 points - Tasted
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  28. 1989 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Tobacco, earth, spice, cassis, plums and forest aromatics started off the wine. Some tannins remain to be resolved in this traditionally made wine. The wine ends with a juicy mouthful of cassis, spice and blackberry. fruit.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Coffee, licorice, cedar, cassis, tar, and molasses fill your nose with pleasure. This full bodied wine has nice weight and density as well as good texture. But the black fruit filled finish falls short, especially for a First Growth in a strong vintage. This wine will continue drinking well for at least another decade.

      91 points - Tasted
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  29. 1988 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Tought, hard, tart and dry, I do not know who gave this wine 100 Pts at one time, or how they came to it, because there is very little, there, there. The wine was dominated by tart red berries, earth, tobacco and dry textures. Perhaps hours of decanting would soften the wine, but it would also lose what little aromatics it has to offer. This is not a wine to seek out at auctions.

      87 points - Tasted
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    2. The wine is better on the nose than nose than the palate. The fruit is starting to dry out. The tannins are hard and the earth, tobacco, spicy cassis and cranberry filled wine lacks elegance and charm. This is not a wine that will get better with age. If you like old school, traditional Bordeaux and you own a bottle, I'd drink it sooner than later.

      88 points - Tasted
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  30. 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Big, powerful, rich, tannic and packed with layer after layer of fruit. The wine coats your palate, the nose offers complexities, but the wine is still young at close to 30 years of age. There is a bit of grit to the tannins that was overwhelmed by the fruit, but you could feel a bit. If you can wait a decade, this should be even better as it is has all the raw materials for a long life.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Power, purity, refinement and intensity. This incredibly concentrated wine remains the wine of the 1986 Bordeaux vintage. With 4 hours of air, the wine began to open and reveal tobacco, Cuban cigars, truffle, cassis, blackberry and Asian spice notes. On the palate, the wine is huge, but perfectly balanced with all the right elements leading to a pure, clean finish that builds in the mouth for close to 60 seconds! You can pop a cork today with 3-4 hours of air, but if you have the patience, another 5-10 years in the bottle will only add more complexity to this stunning wine.

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. The wine of the vintage strikes again! From a difficult year, known for tough, tannic wines, 1986 Mouton Rothschild is a true gem. Asian spice, coffee bean, smoke, blackberries, over ripe cherries, earth, tobacco and stone notes come alive. Powerful, intense and packed with more layers of fruit than I'd want to count, the wine is massive. It tastes and feels like a full bottle was poured into a magnum. The wine is masculine, but refined, structured and graceful. At close to 30 years of age, it wants another decade or more before it really starts to deliver its goods. This wine clearly coats your mouth, palate and tongue with the essence of Bordeaux.

      99 points - Tasted
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    4. Rapidly approaching 30 years of age, this is still an adolescent! While fun to drink now, at maturity, which could come in another 10-15 or 20 years, this is going to be a stunning wine! It’s got it all starting with smoke filled bouquet, complicated with lead pencil, cigar box, spice, dark chocolate, cassis and dark berries. Still tanninc, the tannins are ripe, but there is a light chalky quality feel in the incredibly long, intense, structured finish. The 4 hour decanting was about right.

      98 points - Tasted
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    5. Smoke, cassis, truffle, brown sugar, lead pencil, cherry blossoms, smoke, Asian spice, caramel and light chocolate with mint create the perfume. Big, powerful, full bodied with dense textures, chalky tannins and the structure to age for several more decades without trouble, there is a lot of intense, spice and cassis meshed with tannins remaining to be resolved. The wine was decanted 4 hours prior to serving. I am not a fan of long decants. But 1986 Mouton Rothschild demanded it. In fact, it continued improving in the glass for the next few hours. Even though the wine is 26 years old, another 5-10 years is required before it begins to show its best.

      97 points - Tasted
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    6. 1986 Mouton Rothschild remains an adolescent. That is quite an accomplishment for a wine that is approaching 25 years of age! Asian spice, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, smoke, black cherry and cassis, This special wine is packed and stacked with dense, powerful, layers of exotic fruit. But it remains almost primary. There is a lot to like about this expression of Bordeaux wine, but it requires another 5-10 years before it finally opens up to reveal its magic 97 Pts

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    7. Tightly wound, but with coaxing, begging and pleading, along with long decanting, black currant, Asian Spice, Cuban cigar, minerality, leather and soy could be found. Packed and stacked with spicy, dark fruit, round, firm tannins and opulent textures, this exotic, sublime requires until at least 2020 before opening.

      98 points - Tasted
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    8. This is a huge, giant of a wine. There is so much fruit packed into this wine, the bottle seemed to be bulging and the seams straining to hold all the ripe cassis, black fruit and Asian spice in place. This is an amazing wine demanding at least another 15/20 years in the bottle. This might be the most concentrated Bordeaux I have ever experienced. Unfortunately, it remained for the most part tight. A long decant is the way to go for those lacking patience.

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  31. 1985 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Fully mature, with charm and style, this medium bodied Pauillac serves up a soft, cassis and tobacco in every sip. There is no reason to age this further.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. If you want to taste a great example of a charming Bordeaux wine, this is it! The fruit is sweet, soft and fresh, with plenty of ripe, red berries and spice. Medium bodied, elegant and fully mature, this classy wine is drinking perfectly today. It does not need more than a short, splash decant to display its ample charming personality.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. This Pauillac opens with smoke, toffee, earth, cassis, incense, coffee and Kirsch. In the mouth, it's rich, full bodied and finishes with a regal character and charm coupled with a juicy mouthful of cassis and blackberries. This is probably full mature.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. Spicy, oaky, coffee and cassis notes in the perfume. Full bodied with a lush display of black fruits on the palate. Great texture and finished with cassis and blackberry tones. Close to maturity.

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  32. 1983 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. For a First Growth, the elements just don’t quite mesh together. The color was light, with bricking at the edge. Coffee and cassis on the nose. The fruit was decent, the wine had some depth, but it lacked excitement and complexity.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. Better on the nose instead of the palate. This wine offered some pleasure, but, it lacked the depth and concentration needed to keep it together. It seemed disjointed and slightly austere in style.

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  33. 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. When an older bottle of Bordeaux is on, it's on and there is nothing like it. From a perfectly stored bottle, pungent aromas of cedar wood, tobacco, forest floor, leather and exotic spices come through loud and clear. Powerful, yet refined, the tannins are silk and the finish goes on and on, leaving with fresh, ripe fruits that linger.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. I've had this wine so many times lately, I should be embarrassed. It's one of the top Left Bank wines from 1982 in Bordeaux, rivaled only by Latour. At 31 years of age, this is still young, yet there is a lot to gained by experiencing the wine. The bouquet, with its smoke, truffle, liqueur, tobacco, cigar box, cassis, blackberry and spice notes are almost worth the price of admission. On the palate, the wine coats your taste receptors with opulently textured ripe berries. There is an exotic sensation to the texture, flavor and fruit that is not sensed in other wines. Truly, this is what great wine is all about.

      100 points - Tasted
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    3. Seldom has this magic elixir ever been anything but majestic. It's exotic, erotic, spicy, powerful, rich, long, intense and at 30, still young. I am sure this is a 100 year wine. If you're planning on popping a bottle, do not over decant it. Give it up to 2 hours and allow it to develop in the glass.

      99 points - Tasted
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    4. It's not often you get to compare 1982 Mouton Rothschild with 1982 Latour, but there they were, in the same, amazing flight! The Mouton, with its flamboyant, opulent style was the showier of the pair, but it was not quite at the same level. Still, the stunning nose of Asian spice, smoke, earth, black cherry, forest floor, cigar box and coffee bean grabbed your attention. Rich, powerful and packed with layers of sweet, deep, ripe, juicy dark berries, the wine ended with a long wave of black cherries and spice. Still young, another decade will add a lot to the wine.

      99 points - Tasted
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    5. Still young at 31 years of age, as hard as it is to believe, this stunning wine will benefit from another decade of age! With a nose packed with cedar wood, wet forest floor, coffee bean, blackberries, cassis, incense, earth, tobacco, stone and spice, with air, the wine takes on elements of 5 Spice further complicating the nose. Powerful, full bodied, deep, concentrated, long and intense, the is a perfect example of elegance coupled with muscle, ending in pure silk and velvet, in other words, a text book Pauillac, on the exotic side.

      99 points - Tasted
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    6. I've been fortunate to have tasted this a few times a year for the past decade. While some bottles show better than others, all thewell-stored bottles share a common trait. At 30 years of age, the wine is still young! 1982 Mouton Rothschild continues to evolve at a glacial pace. I'm not sure this has budged over the past several years. With an hour or two of air and some coaxing, this massive, full bodied, powerful, concentrated, deep wine give up smoke, truffle, Asian spice, cassis, earth, tobacco, blackberry, coffee and gravel in the perfume. There is not a single hard edge to be found in this stunning Pauillac. If you have patience, another 5-10 years in the cellar should add a lot to this 100 year wine.

      99 points - Tasted
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    7. This is the second time I was able to taste this wine in almost as many weeks. Asian spice, coffee, incense, oak, mint, cassis, cedar wood, fresh blackberries, lead pencil and coconut aromatics meshed together to produce an exotic perfume. Massive, palate staining, incredible levels of concentration are the hallmarks of this wine. Everything is in balance and harmony in this majestic Pauillac. The opulent, multi layered, pure finish lasts for at least 60 seconds.

      98 points - Tasted
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    8. It's hard to believe this wine is closing in on it's 30'th birthday and it's still young, vibrant and fresh. It's so youthful, it could easily be mistaken for a wine half its age in a blind tasting! Deep in color, with spice box, cassis, blackberry, coffee, earth, tobacco, truffle, cedar chest and forest floor scents, the wine is amazingly powerful and intense. With textures of exotic silk, this rich, opulent, flashy wine could use another decade of bottle age before it really begins to open up and show why it's considered such a legendary Bordeaux wine.

      98 points - Tasted
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    9. Copious amounts of exotic, Asian spice, coffee, earth, cassis, tobacco, truffle and cedar make up the prefume. This very concentrated Pauillac wine offeres an intense mouth presence. This is think, rich and decadent. This Bordeaux wine has so much depth, you could eat it with a spoon. In the palate, incredible waves of opulent, sweet, ripe fruit fill every nook and cranny of your senses. The seamless finish lasts over one minute! Possibly, because this bottle had not been moved from the Chateau since release, this was an off the charts tasting experience! The wine kept improving in the glass over the multi hour lunch at Chateau Mouton Rothschld.

      98 points - Tasted
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    10. Even with 6 hours of decanting, this did not fully open up. Flashes of exotic brilliance could be seen with coaxing. This wine enjoys immense levels of concentration seldom seen in Bordeaux. Tobacco, cedar, cassis, coffee and exotic Asian spices are so inviting. When this comes around, this will be one of life’s great tasting experiences.

      98 points - Tasted
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    11. This is a huge, massive, concentrated wine. Still opaque in color, this looks and tastes like a 10 year old wine. But, it is easy to see how much wine is in this wine. Layer after layer of dense, ripe fruit cascades over your palate. The complexity in the flavors and the finesse of the tannins are a pleasure. It’s a wine that requires drinking over an entire evening to enjoy it’s evolution. Over the few hours it was opened, it kept getting better and more complex! The finish stays in your palate for a full sixty seconds. It remains in your memory even longer.

      99 points - Tasted
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    12. People often complain about Mouton and its First Growth status. The 82 will turn any doubter into a believer. This immense, opulent, Asian spiced exotic wine is so rich, powerful and spicy, it should be illegal. Still young, another 10-20 more years of bottle age will turn this into a legend.

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    13. The wine had color that was as black as ink. Cedar wood, meshed with an exotic spice box note, fresh brewed coffee, licorice and lead pencil notes were all on full display. Very tannic. Huge, dense, corpulent, concentrated layers of fruit took over your palate. This is so concentrated, you could eat it. Some bottles have been more opulent, but this was more concentrated, and backwards. A stunning wine! However, another decade or more of cellaring is warranted. This will probably be drinking well on its 100th birthday.

      100 points - Tasted
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    14. This is a huge, ostentatious wine. It also demands another 5-10 years of cellaring. This wine has so much potential it's scary! The color was dark, almost opaque. The aromatics which needed much swirling to ferret them out featured exotic spices and a coffee note along with cassis and truffle. The perfume was one of the most complex fragrances offered in any wine I can recall. On the palate the flavors were also rich, deep and intense. The wine had so much weight, it could be described as dense, ending with a fat, opulent, weighty finish that didn't quit. This should begin running on all cylinders around 2015 and last for at least another 30 more years.

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  34. 1975 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Tough, rustic, tannic and hard, this is much better on the nose with its tobacco, cigar box, cedar, forest floor and spicy cassis filled aromas. With more tannin than fruit, this was not a lot of fun to taste.

      88 points - Tasted
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  35. 1970 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. If you’re a fan of old wines, lacking fruit, bristling with his acidity, austere style and lots of earthy, tobacco notes, this is for you. Else, I’d pass on this wine. It continues to decline.

      82 points - Tasted
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    2. Fully mature, the cassis and coffee scented wine offers a nice, but simple, brawny, old school mouth of Cabernet. There is no reason to hold this wine as it will not improve.

      89 points - Tasted
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  36. 1966 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Produced when Bordeaux was in the middle of its missing decade, or decade and a half, depending on your point of view, the aroma was much more interesting than the palate, with its cedar chest, cassis, leaf, earth, cigar box and cassis, fully mature, with some rusticity to the tannins and touch of green in the finish, this requires consumption.

      90 points - Tasted
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  37. 1962 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. I’ve wanted to taste the wine for years, especially after the stunning bottle of 1962 Latour tasted last year. How would it measure up, against that giant? It was close, but… Light in color, the nose delivered cigar box, sweet jammy berries, spice, forest floor and cherry notes. Medium/full bodied, the fruit, while exotic in texture was starting to fade. Still, it was quite nice for a 51 year old wine. That being said, I would not hold it any longer.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Cassis, cedar, cigar ash, lead pencil, mint and hints of rich, ripe, black cherry and leather make up the complex perfume. The wine is concentrated and powerful. In the finish it shows an austere, steely, traditional personality with a minor hint of greenness in the finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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  38. 1961 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Still dark in color, the impossible to forget aromatics were filled with Asian spice, truffle, cigar box, cedar wood, fresh strawberry jam, incense, coffee and mint. Packed with layers of sweet, rich, intense, pure, exotic spices and fruit, with plush, opulent, sexy textures, the wine remains on your palate for more than 60 seconds!

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. OMG... That's short for "Oh My God", if you're not used to reading my notes. This exotic, erotic, kinky wine knocks you out with its Asian spice, tobacco leaf, cassis, spice, coffee bean, cigar ash, black cherry liqueur infused perfume. Dense, thick and concentrated with ripe, pure fruit, the wine coats our mouth, palate and senses with flavor and layers of opulent textures that only the patina of age can deliver. This is about as good as a wine can get. What a treat. And the scary thing is, well stored examples can continue to develop additional levels of complexity. There are wines you taste, and wines you remember tasting, where you were when you tasted it, and who you tasted the wine with. I will not forget the entire experience of this stunning wine.

      99 points - Tasted
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    3. OMFG! This was a perfect bottle of this amazing nectar. No one at the table thought it was older than 82. Dark in color with mind-blowing aromatics filled with ripe black fruit, cedar, coffee and earthy aromas. On the palate, layers of decadent fruit took over your senses, remaining there for well over a minute. This was so concentrated, it seemed surreal. This not yet fully mature legend was one of the better bottles of wine I have ever tasted. I am patiently waiting, hoping and praying my 82 and 86 turn out this good

      99 points - Tasted
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  39. 1959 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Packed with licorice, smoke, cedar chest, mint, truffle, ash, blackberry, wet earth, cocoa and 5 spice aromas that proved to be an intoxicating blend of scents, every taster at the table was hooked. But it was the exotic, silky, rich textures, incredible length, persistence of flavor and expansiveness on the palate that sealed the deal.

      99 points - Tasted
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  40. 1955 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Still dark in color, the impossible to forget aromatics were filled with Asian spice, truffle, cigar box, cedar wood, fresh strawberry jam, incense, coffee and mint. Packed with layers of sweet, rich, intense, pure, exotic spices and fruit, with plush, opulent, sexy textures, the wine remains on your palate for more than 60 seconds!

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Tasting from bottles that are close to 6 decades old are often fraught with disappointment. Think about it. That's a long time for most wines to live in a bottle. But when the bottle delivers as promised, that is the experience wine lovers who cellar select bottles for years covet. This example of 1955 Mouton Rothschild delivered what was needed, and then some. Coffee, cedar chest, earth, truffle, Cuban cigar smoke, Asian spice, cassis and forest floor aromas kicked off the exotic fireworks. Plush, with the patina of age, this sensuous, round, concentrated wine offered a finish that must have remained on my palate for at least 60 seconds. I'll never know what 1982 or 1986, let alone later vintages of Mouton will taste like at 60 years of age, but I imagine they will be even better.

      97 points - Tasted
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  41. 1953 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Opulent, exotic and drenched in silk and velvet, this rich, spicy, elegant wine wine delivers flavors and mouth sensations that need to be experienced to be believed.

      95 points - Tasted
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  42. 1945 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. This amazing Bordeaux was light garnet with brick and deep amber hues in color. This wine could open its own perfume shop with its intense bouquet. Leather, soy, Asian spice, wood, truffle, cassis, cigar and incense filled your glass, olfactory senses and the room. The patina of age gave this wine an unbelievable texture. The fruit displayed an incredible silky, velvet richness on your palate. The opulent, flamboyant, decadent sensations that drenched your palate would excite the most jaded wine lover. The long, complex, seamless finish flowed over every inch of your mouth. I would never have thought this wine was 64 years old. In fact, I hope I'm in that good a shape and that someone will still need me and feed me, "When I'm 64". Part of the reason the wine is so concentrated is, it was produced from incredibly low yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare. Also, much of the wine came from the estates oldest vines, as the vineyards were allowed to lapse during the war. Not much wine was made. In fact, the production was only slightly more than 6,000 cases, 1475 magnums and 24 jeroboams.

      100 points - Tasted
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  43. 1929 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. In the glass, it resembles golden rubies. Truffles, cedar, tobacco, wet earth, soy, cigar store, fresh picked cherries, mint and smoke aromatics popped from the glass. This deep wine majors in decadence and minors in hedonism. Or is it the other way around? The texture melds opulence with lush, sensuous sensations that coats your palate with silk and a mélange of velvety ripe cherries.. If 28 is the ancient version of 86, the 29 has to be the mature example of 82! I loved this decadent treat which got better in the glass.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. A perfect expression of my favorite old vintage of Bordeaux. I have high hopes 82, 90, 00 & the best 03 will be this good when they 80 years. This wine showed why Bordeaux is the worlds most collectible wine while offering a perfect illustration on why we need to allow our wines to reach maturity. The palate was liquid silk and velvet that was painted with patina of history which added incredible layers of aged richness to the experience. Old, mature lushness is much more sensuous than anything offered by younger wines. Decanting cannot offer this. Only decades in the bottle allow the best wines to reach this pinnacle. Aromatically, the wine is also off the charts. Incredible levels of exotic, Asian spice, soy, leather, coffee and the best white truffles say hello to your nose and keep on talking. The 80 year old finish is an orgasmic experience.

      98 points - Tasted
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  44. 1928 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Sporting a color as dark as many 60’s wines, this was impressive as it was poured from the bottle! Coffee, mint, forest floor, fresh herbs, tobacco, ash and black fruit said hello to your nose. In the mouth, you were treated to powerful sensations of steely black fruit. The wines personality remained powerful, brawny and austere. This is a masculine style of wine that my guess is, is a harbinger of the 1986. I liked the wine on the nose better than on the palate.

      87 points - Tasted
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  45. 1925 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Very light red in color, Asian spice, truffles, tobacco, leather and caramel scents were easy to find. Elegant, opulent, soft and refined on the palate. This rhubarb flavored wine came with an intriguing sensation of cold steel. Slightly short in the finish with hints of red fruit and citrus, this was a very nice wine and treat because it will probably be the last time I experience a wine from 1925.

      87 points - Tasted
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