Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2018

  Château Mouton Rothschild

£2556.00 for 6x75cl
 
£2556.00 for 6x75cl
 
£1278.00 for 3x75cl
 

Philippe Dhalluin and his Mouton Rothschild team are on a staggering run of form. We recently re-tasted the exquisite 2016, which received 100 points all round from the four major Bordeaux critics. The 2018 is built in very much the same mould. Mouton is often the most massive and least polished of the First Growths at this precocious stage. During élevage and transformation occurs. All that power and energy harmonises with the tannins and the brooding fragrance. Quite reserved and closed as one would expect from a grand vintage of Mouton. This is another powerhouse wine bristling with exotic spices, complex earthy notes, incense and bramble fruit. There's a sparingly ethereal nature which floats above the deep mass of dark earthy fruit. Highly nuanced, aromas of griotte, Asian spice, crème de mûre, liquorice and cocoa nibs fleck the impressive palate. As we have alluded to earlier, this doesn't possess the refinement at this stage as the other First, however, whatever it lacks in precision is more than made up for in power and concentration. This is rippling with muscle and possesses tremendous length. A bit of a block at the moment, but we fully expect this to emerge from élevage as a refined beauty. A Mouton with huge potential crafted from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Mouton Rothschild

Viticulture at the Mouton estate dates back to the early 18th century when Joseph de Brane purchased the estate from the Segur family. The wines’ reputation grew, but following the sale to a Parisian banker, Isaac Thuret, the estate’s fortunes took a turn for the worse. The estate gradually fell into a state of disrepair. Although Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild purchased the estate in 1853, it was too late to turn the estate around in time for the 1855 classification. Originally entered as a 2nd growth, years of investment by the Rothschild family saw the property elevated to 1st growth status in 1973.

There are 75 hectares rising to an altitude of 40 metres just to the north of Pauillac. Plantings are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), with 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and just 2% Petit Verdot. The estate also produces a white wine, Aile d’Argent from their plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Herve Berland, responsible for much of the estate’s progress over the past decade has recently moved to Chateau Montrose, but Philippe Dhalluin remains in charge of the cellar and will no doubt continue to push the qualitative bar ever higher.

Appellation: Pauillac

The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Petit Verdot

The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, with Malbec adding extra smoky, earthy complexity. Also experimented with in parts of Napa too, such as at Dominus and Cain Five.