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Mouton Rothschild 2002

Mouton Rothschild

Case Format: 6x75cl

Max score: 94.0

An illustrious estate, with a fascinating history, Château Mouton-Rothschild has been making wine since the Roman times. Under the management of the Rothschild family since 1853, it wasn’t until 1922 when Baron Philippe de Rothschild took the helm, that the estate transformed. Perhaps the most revered château making wine today, their grand vin is appreciated for its exotic and powerful aromas of cassis, minerals, tobacco leaves and graphite. Its impressive length and rich, rounded palate are typical of this breath-taking and often flamboyant wine.

The 83-hectares of vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (c.78%), Merlot (c.18%), Cabernet Franc (c.3%) and Petit Verdot (c.1%). The vineyard has a terroir filled with gravel, rocks, sand, clay and limestone soils and is situated on the “Mouton Plateau” which mostly comprises one large block of vines. The vines are old, averaging 50 years, with the oldest planted over 130 years ago.

Mouton Rothschild is not just known for its beautiful grand vin, but for bridging the gap between art and wine. It was Baron Philippe who introduced the idea of commissioning a famous artist to create a label for each vintage. Artists have included Dali, Miro, Picasso, Warhol and more, and all contribute to the exclusivity and collectability of this highly coveted wine.

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Neal Martin

Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2002 Mouton-Rothschild is a wine that burned brightly in its youth, though recent encounters suggest that maybe it is beginning to flag as it enters what you might call middle age. Here, it has a conservative bouquet with blackberry, cedar, warm bricks and melted tar aromas - an unfussy, uncomplicated, quite serious Pauillac bouquet. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity. It feels lively on the entry with fine tannin, a Mouton that is nimble on its feet with a gentle grip towards the finish, which offers a satisfying aftertaste of spice and clove. It does not mirror some of the outstanding bottles I consumed within the first decade of its life, and peering into this First Growth, it is difficult to see whether it will repay those who cellar it longer. Tasted December 2016.

93
James Suckling

I tasted this a few days after Bordeaux en primeur 2014. I was at my house in Italy and I forgot I had the bottle in my cellar. I really liked it. It was ready to drink, though some of my guests were less enthusiastic. My wife even thought it was tired already, yet the bottle was finished in 10 minutes! The wine showed fresh herb and berry character with tobacco undertones, a medium body and fine tannins. Just opening now. Fine and sillky textured.

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