A staggering 400-500 pickers are used to harvest the grapes which undergo two rigorous sortings before entering the first floor of the cellar. Cutting-edge technology in the winery including a gravity fed vat room has increased the quality levels even more at Mouton Rothschild since it was renovated in 2012. 44 different sized, temperature-controlled wooden vats, along with an additional 20 stainless steel vats, allow for precise intra-plot vinification. Wine is matured in oak barriques typically for around 20 months prior to bottling.
The most exceptional vintages are 1945, 1959, 1982, 1986, 1995, 2005, 2009, 2010 and, more recently 2015, 2016 and 2018. After some patchy performances in the 1990s, the estate is on top form, and is once again producing first class Bordeaux.
A second wine, Petit Mouton, is also produced, first introduced in 1993. This has played a major part in the improved quality of the Grand Vin itself since the mid-1990s. The estate also has joint ventures outside of Bordeaux – Opus One in California with the Robert Mondavi winery and Almaviva in Chile, a partnership with Concha y Toro, one of Chile’s most celebrated and awarded wines.