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

Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2002




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Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2002


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2002

The best Mouton for several years and potentially a great wine in the mould of the legendary 1986. Significantly yields are 20% lower than recent years (25 hectolitres per hectare) Opaque dense purple colour. Hedonistic aromas bursting with ripe blackcurrant, leather and cedar. Ripe opulent firm black fruits, voluptuous silky tannins and exotic fruits. The near 10% of Cabernet Franc and 77% Cabernet Sauvignon make for a great Mouton.

Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2002 Mouton-Rothschild, which was made by the late Patrick Leon, has a well-defined bouquet with pretty blackberry and graphite scents, quite precise and focused. This has matured well in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a cohesive entry, youthful, not amazingly complex and perhaps towards the end the limitations of the growing season impinge upon complexity. A touch of dark chocolate on the aftertaste. I would drink this over the next 10 to 15 years. Very fine. Tasted at the château.
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Château Mouton Rothschild

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.

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