2011 Mouton Rothschild



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Average critic rating : 94.11 points

92

92

The evolved, fresh, mid-weight 2011 Mouton-Rothschild is charming and complete. It is an over-achieving effort in a challenging vintage with supple tannins, notes of cedarwood, forest floor, underbrush, licorice, graphite and red and blackcurrants. Medium-bodied, lush and sexy, it can be consumed over the next 10-15+ years. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014

92-94

92-94

Tasted twice, two weeks apart at the property. The 2011 is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc (the first time it has been blended since 2005) and cropped at 30.1hl/ha. It has a tightly wound Cabernet nose with graphite and cedar aromas, blackberry and a touch of cassis. Leaving the glass to one side, there is fine minerality and delineation here. The palate is very composed on the entry with supple tannins that are a little thicker and more saturated than Lafite. This has very good density, more like Latour than Lafite and a silver thread of acidity (pH 3.8). It has superb precision and tension on the finish that does not quite possess the persistency that a great vintage would have given. But this is still very impressive: a quintessential Mouton that may warrant a higher mark after bottling. Tasted April 2012. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

94-95

94-95

This is delicious with a gorgeous ripe fruit with hints of chocolate, lightly toasted oak and blueberries. Salty and savory. Long and very caressing. But then it goes on for a long, long time with firm tannins. Is it a baby 1986, one of the greats of Mouton? 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. jamessuckling.com

93-96

93-96

Delivers a pure beam of cassis, raspberry and cherry, with lightly toasted spice notes and a firm plum skin edge holding sway on the finish. Stretched out somewhat already, this seems nicely tuned and has good buried minerality. Tasted non-blind. WineSpectator.com

17.5

17.5

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep crimson. Exotically spiced, warm red fruits. Exotic, prettily aromatic, delicate and pretty gentle on the palate. Subtle and harmonious. Cedary freshness and a fluidity on the finish and a note of oak char at the very end. It seems just so soft but Philippe Dhalluin assures us the tannins (or at least the polyphenol index) is very similar to last year so I am giving it the benefit of the doubt. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

19

19

Ripe black fruits on the nose, the succulence expected from Mouton with wonderful depth, purity and richness of texture, a great example of the vineyard. Drink 2017-2040. Decanter.com

94-95

94-95

With a large percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 90%, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this deeply colored wine offers boysenberry, coffee, truffle, smoke, blackberry, earth and black cherry. With ripe tannins and plush sensations, this classic, opulent, stylish, concentrated vintage of Mouton Rothschild ends with deep blackberry and spicy cassis. theWineCellarInsider.com

93-94

93-94

In this vintage, Mouton is more restrained with greater delicacy, which is very much appreciated. Flavours range from ripe plums, cedar and sweet spices. Tannins are generous but well managed with a sweet, rounded and long finish. Mouton has managed to make a balanced wine with ripeness and no over-extraction. There is 1% less alcohol in this vintage than over the past several years with a very high proportion of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon (the second highest in past 50 years). there is 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. AsianPalate.com

18

18

This is a fantastic Mouton and as good as anything else in 2011. It has a very pure cabernet-cassis nose and is beautifully refined (if not exactly aristocratic) and is very Pauillac. Plently of baby fat and a very high concentation of fine, ripe tannin. The acidity is nicely burried and bound tightly to the fruit (always a good sign at this early stage). The finish is long and dry. Top quality!



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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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