1998 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Wine Tasting Note


1998 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 95

The wine starts off with an array of layers in the perfume. Full-bodied and concentrated, with layers of fruit. But the finish is a bit clipped. The wine is very good, but the brief finish is a bit disappointing. Time will add complexities, but the finish is probably not going to get any better.

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Just a great bottle of wine that could go up in score as it ages. Holding tight to its deep, dark color, you find espresso, tobacco leaf, blackberry, cassis and spice on the nose. Rich, silky, opulently textured fruits just feel great on your palate. The wine remains youthful, fruity and with another decade, should be a knockout!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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When to Drink Chateau Latour, 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.

The Baroness Philippine Rothschild passed away at 80 years of age, August 22, 2014. She is survived by her three children, Camille Sereys de Rothschild born in 1961, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild born in 1963 and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, born in 1971. In October, 2014, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, the eldest son of Baroness Philippine Rothschild and her first husband, Jacques Sereys, was named as the new president of Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

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.