1989 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Wine Tasting Note

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1989 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

Disappointing for a First Growth. The issue here is the over-riding sensation of greenness on the nose and palate. The spicy cassis is fresh and straddles the line between sweet and tart, and you also find strong notes of cedar and tobacco. But the intensity of the herbal and pepper notes in the finish really stand out. Lovers of those characteristics will enjoy this more than I did.

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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.

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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.

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When to Drink Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, concentrated and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-6 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Latour offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 18 and 60 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Mouton Rothschild with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Mouton Rothschild is also good when matched with Asian dishes, Chinese food, rich fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.

Aile d'Argent, the white wine of Mouton Rothschild with wine and food matches is perfect for the table. Aile d'Argent is best paired with all types of seafood, sushi, sashimi, crab, lobster, chicken, veal, pork and cheese.

Aside from their three Classified estates in Bordeaux, the company also produces wines in the Napa Valley with Opus One, in Limoux with Domaine de Baron'arques and in Chile, where they Rothschild family formed a partnership with Concha y Toro in Chile to create Almaviva.

When added to all their branded and negociant wines, like Mouton Cadet, in total, the company sells more than $350,000,000 worth of wine each year! Part of the reason for their success in creating an international brand has to do with their non stop marketing all over the world.

In fact, Chateau Mouton Rothschild was one of the first 1855 Classified chateau to begin marketing in China. To further their connection to the country of China, for the 2008 vintage, Chateau Mouton Rothschild chose Xu Le, the Chinese born artist to design their label.

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