2010 Mouton Rothschild



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£5,987.00

Average critic rating : 97.45 points

97

97

The enormously endowed, backward, ferociously tannic, massively extracted 2010 Mouton-Rothschild exhibits an opaque blue/purple color as well as a tight but promising nose of incense, licorice, lead pencil shavings, vanilla, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied in the mouth, extremely young, and tasting like a barrel sample, this remarkable effort requires 10-15 years of cellaring. It should age well for half a century or more. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014

98-100

98-100

Of all the First Growths, Mouton has perhaps the most seductive bouquet with macerated black cherries, crème de cassis, blackcurrant, mint and cedar all with very fine delineation but a drop more opulence than say, Lafite or Latour. The palate is full-bodied with saturated, ripe tannins, layers of pure blackberry and dark cherries intertwined with a touch of blueberry. Very good grip, very smooth and flirting with the idea of ostentatiousness...but 2010 is not that kind of vintage and the Cabernet defined the finish with graphite and a touch of, what almost feels great mineralité, much more so than the 2009. Great length and poise, this actually reminds me of the stupendous 2006. Drink 2020-2050. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com

100

100

This is pure Cabernet Sauvignon magic with incredible aromas of currants, blackberries and light spices. Tiny hints of hazelnut. Wet earth. Full body, with super velvety tannins. The purity of fruit is breathtaking. It goes on for minutes. This is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot. Try after 2020. jamessuckling.com

98

98

This strides in with distinction, starting off with a showy but integrated layer of espresso-infused toast, followed by plush tiers of crushed currant, plum and blackberry fruit interspersed with cocoa and well-roasted cedar notes. The long, tobacco- and loam-filled finish shows lots of heft, but stays polished. An impressive display of unadulterated, muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. James Molesworth, winespectator.com

18.5

18.5

Tasted 17 Feb: Very youthful and very Cabernet and pretty spicy. Very correct and with an attractive dryness on the finish. Very snazzy. Tasted 8 Apr: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot. Burnished dark pruney crimson. Very opulent and heady on the nose. Lovely perfume. Lots of fully ripe black fruits. Amazingly polished – so much so that you are almost distracted from the huge tannic charge. Not quite as dense as some of the greatest 2010s but very well balanced. Hugely Cabernet. As in 2009, great care has been taken not to produce too heavy a wine. There is almost Lafite-like structure here. Very, very polished middle palate. Bone dry, pretty tannic finish. jancisrobinson.com

19.5

19.5

Huge, exotic multi-fruit nose, layers and layers of flavour, the richness lifted by ingrained acidity, perfect balance for such a richly textured wine, the best Mouton for years. Drink 2020-50. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

18-19

18-19

Ch. Mouton Rothschild, tasted twenty-four hours after coming out of the barrel, was a dense and deeply crimson concentration. Faint aromas of caramel, jasmine, polished oak and frankincense barely suggest its dynamic composition: firm, strong but supple tannins, integrated with soft laminations of fig, blackcurrant, black cherry,damson and minerals. A second sample, no more than forty-eight hours out of the barrel, was already more developed and had opened up a little. Tannins remained the same but fruit and other elements emerged through the mid palate and long finish. A certain voluptuousness will be balanced by a leather-bound character, long before its full maturity in the later 2030s.

97-100

97-100

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. winecellarinsider.com

94-96

94-96

Deep purple in colour, with notes of sweet plums, violets, and a hint of cedar and vanilla, this is a seductive, rich and powerful Mouton with plenty of dense flavours but disappointing in its slight lack of finesse and detail. There is however amazing density and weight here, with a richness and heaviness that come from very sweet, almost over-ripe fruit, so the wine will be embraced by those that prefer this kind of big rich ripe Mouton style. To my palate, the 2009 had more restraint and greater precision in its flavours. asianpalate.com

18-19

18-19

Exotic, flamboyant liqueur fruit nose: sloes, damsons etc with a very pronounced violet component. It has a huge core of sweet, juicy fruit. Very fleshy, very polished. There is no doubt that this isa great wine and will induce huge pleasure in those who taste it. If we have one (very) slight reservation it is that at this stage Mouton lacks the wildness, the energy of Pontet Canet and Latour but then Mouton always needs a tick longer to coalesce. Great stuff this year!



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Mouton-Rothschild: The Importance

Mouton-Rothschild, the neighbour of Lafite-Rothschild, is a First Growth Bordeaux. This fact in itself makes this Pauillac one of the most important wines on the planet, but the chateau’s history and an often cited “flamboyance” are what set it apart.

There have only ever been three changes made to the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Two were trivial, seeing Cantemerle being incorporated after having been originally omitted and Dubignon being removed when it became part of Malescot St. Exupéry. The only truly important change was Mouton-Rothschild being elevated from second growth to first growth in 1973, making it the only wine to have ever been upgraded. This occurred because its quality and price regularly surpassed those above it.

In the words of Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin: “Mouton is unashamedly gregarious, flamboyant and melodramatic… Mouton is a splash of colour in what can be a monochromatic region.” He also says that “a great Mouton-Rothschild, of which there are many, is a sensational wine that can eclipse its contemporaries.”

 

Mouton-Rothschild’s Grand Vin has received perfect scores from Robert Parker for four separate vintages and from Jancis Robinson for five.

 

Mouton-Rothschild: The Insight

Mouton-Rothschild’s vineyards are roughly 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder being made up roughly equally of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, plus a tiny proportion of Petit Verdot. Each parcel has the same team responsible for it year in, year out. This tight viticulture practice and attention to detail keep the estate at the top of its game.

The legendary 1945, 1959, 1961, 1982 and 1986 vintages are often used to benchmark other wines. And the château also produces a popular white wine called Aile d’Argent  and a second wine called Le Petit Mouton, the latter being first introduced in 1993 and has played a major part in the improved quality, since the 1990s, of the Grand Vin itself. The estate also has joint ventures with Robert Mondavi in California, Opus One, and Concha y Toro in Chile, Almaviva.

In 1945 Mouton-Rothschild introduced constantly changing labels for each vintage, making it not only a thing of beauty on the outside as well as the inside, but it also gives added appeal for collectors as they have featured great artists such as Miro, Picasso, Warhol, Bacon and many more.

The 1970 vintage came second in the 1976 Judgement of Paris as the highest ranked French wine in the competition.


Mouton-Rothschild: The Background

This Pauillac property was originally called Brane-Mouton, with the “Mouton” being a reference to the small hill on which it sits; the “Mouton Plateau” consisting of deep gravel over limestone.

A temporary decline in the 1840s saw it narrowly miss out classification as a First Growth in 1855. However, it was bought by the Rothschild family, who renamed it, and the restoration of its reputation began. The major driving force behind the revolution was Baron Philippe de Rothschild, who made Mouton-Rothschild the first estate to bottle all its own production in 1924. Mouton-Rothschild was confiscated during World War II, Baron Philippe escaped to London, but unfortunately his wife died in a concentration camp. To celebrate the end of the war and the liberation of France, Baron Philippe de Rothschild introduced changing labels for each vintage starting in 1945, which continue to add to the collectable nature of these wines today. His lobbying, campaigning and improvements in quality saw the château upgraded to First Growth status in 1973, the only Bordeaux to ever achieve this. In response Baron Philippe famously said: "Premiere je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change", translating as: "First I am, second I was, Mouton does not change".

Still owned by the Rothschild family, the estate produces around 20,000 cases per year of what is without question one of the world’s most sought-after wines.



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