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Chateau Mouton Rothschild Vertical Collection
The only property whose wine was promoted under the otherwise immutable 1855 Classification, Chateau Mouton Rothschild is a Premier Cru estate sited in the village of Pauillac in the region of Medoc.
The estate as we know it today was birthed in 1853 when Nathaniel de Rothschild purchased it from Isaac Thuret when it was still known as Brane Mouton. Following the custom of his day, the Rothschild renamed the property after himself along with a portion of the original name, forming Mouton Rothschild. (The change in ownership has been speculated as the reason for the estate being denied Premier Cru status in 1855 as it had come under Anglo-Jewish ownership.)
Mouton Rothschild would not see any dramatic changes until the arrival of Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1922. A highly revered winegrower of his day, Baron Philippe took steps to guarantee the authenticity of his wine by introducing bottling at the château — an idea that soon caught on with the Premier Cru producers — and came up with the idea of declassifying fruit of a lower quality for an entirely different wine he labelled Carruades de Mouton and later Mouton Cadet, the latter of which has since become one of the best-selling red wines in the world. The cellar facility he built in 1926 to accommodate the bottling plant is a 100-m long barrel hall that impresses visitors with its extravagance, as do the many collected works of fine art that line the walls of the château.
Baron Philippe’s fondness for art extends to the labels of his wine — in the mid-1940s he came up with the idea of having each year’s label designed by a famous artist of the day, which included illustrious figures the likes of Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Picasso, and Andy Warhol. Under his charge, the price of Mouton Rothschild’s wine often matched and frequently surpassed those of other Premier Crus, prompting him on a lifelong quest to change the wine’s position on the 1855 Classification. His intense lobbying finally paid off when in 1973 Mouton Rothschild was elevated to its rightful place among the Premier Crus.
The property’s vineyard comprises over 70 hectares of mainly gravel-based soils planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Fruit is handpicked and fermented in barrels, then aged in new oak for about 22 months prior to bottling. The estate’s annual output is approximately 25,000 to 30,000 cases split between the grand vin and its second wine Le Petit Mouton, which was established in 1993.
The wine of Mouton Rothschild typically displays immense appeal in its youth with vibrant and powerful characteristics evoking red and black fruits, tobacco leaf, and graphite, with remarkable structure and balance. Bottle ageing rewards the drinker with extraordinary complexity coupled with great persistency on the finish.
This vertical collection offers the collector one bottle of each of Mouton Rothschild’s vintages from 1945 to 2010, as well as a second bottle for vintages from 1978 and 1993.Read More
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