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Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990

Tasting note:

"Tasted blind out of magnum: Garnet in color. Leather, pencil shavings, plums and red berries in the nose. It is quite light and short, but it has a wonderful elegance, freshness and balance that makes up for the lack of muscles. Kind of a Diet Mouton to drink now until 2025." 92 points CellarTracker 2013

 

It can be argued that the modern age of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, along with the entire Bordeaux wine region began at the same time. It was quite recent. Especially when compared to the age of the appellation. In fact it took place less than one hundred years ago. Both events started when the young Baron Philippe Rothschild, who was only 20 years old at the time, gained control of the famous Bordeaux wine property Mouton Rothschild. The Baron completely changed how Bordeaux wine was produced and sold. . Starting in 1922, due to the Baron’s changes at Chateau Mouton Rothschild, many of the methods and techniques initiated by the Baron were seen as radical in the 1920′s. However, today, most are still practiced by all the top producers of Bordeaux wine today! . The official birth of Chateau Mouton Rothschild took place in 1853. At that time, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, an English member of the Rothschild family, purchased a Bordeaux wine property in Pauillac called Château Brane-Mouton. As was the custom of the day, the new owner and renamed it using his name and Château Mouton Rothschild was born. The Left Bank property was world famous for its wines. But some people, especially the young Baron Philippe Rothschild knew the estate could produce better Bordeaux wine. He was sure Chateau Mouton was as good as any of the First Growth wines from the Medoc. In the original 1855 Classification, Chateau Mouton Rothschild awarded Second Growth status. He made it his mission to earn the coveted First Growth status for Mouton Rothschild. What the Baron accomplished at Mouton Rothschild. in only two years is nothing short of amazing. The Baron was the first Bordeaux wine maker to insist on bottling all his wine at the estate. He started what was at the time considered to be an unusual idea. This allowed total control over the Bordeaux wine he sold from Mouton Rothschild. Prior to that point, chateaux either bottled their wine, or sold it in barrel to negociants, who bottled and sold the wine. The more common practice was to sell the wine in barrel to negociants. Keep in mind, at the time, bottling at the property was a revolutionary concept. This new practice created a need for more storage at the property. In 1926, the Baron constructed the famous “Grand Chai” of Mouton Rothschild. In 1933, The Baron purchased a neighboring vineyard, Château Mouton d’Armailhacq. The property was renamed Château d’Armailhac in 1989 by his wife, the Baroness Philippine. Part of the reason for the purchase was, the estate came with a Bordeaux negociant firm which eventually became known as “Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A.” At the same time the Baron Philippe Rothschild was adding to his holdings in Pauillac, he created another important, innovation for the Bordeaux industry. He was the first to create a branded wine that would be known all over the world that sold for a price every consumer could afford. The genesis behind what would become Mouton Cadet took place in the 1930’s, following 3 extremely, poor vintages. The Baron chose the name Mouton Cadet because it translates into the “Youngest brother of Mouton.” Because those 3 vintages did not produce much wine at the level expected from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, much of the wine was sold under the name of Mouton Cadet. That tradition caught on and by the mid 1950’s the wine had turned into the world’s most popular branded, inexpensive Bordeaux wine. The now famous series of labels portrayed on the labels for Mouton Rothschild started in 1945. The debut label was perfect for the times and the wine. The image The Baron chose was a symbol celebrating the Liberation of France. With the famous “V” for Victory label, a tradition was born! From that point on, each label vintage was based on an original work of art created specifically for this purpose by famous artists : Miró, Chagall, Braque, Picasso, Warhol, Bacon, Balthus, Tàpies and a myriad of famous artists have contributed to this tradition. Mouton Rothschild was always a First Growth Bordeaux wine property in the eyes of the Baron. However, it was considered a Second Growth when the Classification took place in 1855. After existing for over 100 years without a single change, nobody believed the Classification would ever change. That is nobody except the Baron. He became the only person to succeed in changing the 1855 classification: Château Mouton Rothschild became officially a “Premier Cru Classé” (First Classified Growth). Mouton Grapes 300x253 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Bordeaux Wine In 1973, the front label on every bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild boasted… “Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change”. First I am, second I was, I Mouton do not change. In 1988, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who had been associated with her father’s work for some time, succeeded her father who passed away that year. Under the direction of the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, in 1994, Chateau Mouton Rothschild began to produce a much needed, second Bordeaux wine, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild. The Bordeaux wine vineyard of Mouton Rothschild is situated on the “Mouton plateau.” The terroir consists of deep gravel over a limestone base, 27 meters above sea level. The elevations and slopes offer natural drainage that is important for the best Bordeaux vineyards. The 75 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Mouton Rothschild as a terroir filled with gravel, rocks, sand, clay and limestone soils. The vineyard of Chateau Mouton Rothschild is planted to 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc with vines averaging 44 years of age. The vineyards are planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. At Mouton Rothschild, they have a unique, labor intensive method of vineyard management practices. For the vines and different parcels, the winegrowers are responsible for the same parcels every year, under the supervision of a specific vine manager. After pruning, the vines are tied. In the spring the young shoots are trained between the wires to allow ample space for the tractors to work the soil without harming the vines. Green harvesting is practiced. In select years the crop may be thinned in July to help to eliminate unripe clusters which reduces yields and concentrates the grapes. Picking is done entirely by hand. The grapes are collected in 12 kilo open baskets. The young vines are harvested first and go through fermentation separately. Prior to destemming, the grapes are again sorted by hand with a berry by berry selection with only the best fruits used for the production of Mouton Rothschild. Designed by the noted Architect Bernard Mazieres and theatrical designer Richard Peduzzi, the renovations were extensive and included an entirely new, state of the art, gravity fed, vinification cellar. One of the unique creations was the invention of windows on the large, oak, fermentation vats. These thick glass windows all wine the wine maker to peer into the vat from the top to the bottom. The famous museum as well as the art galleries have been entirely renovated as well. The new cellars, which are estimated to have cost close to 20 million Euros were completed in time for the 2013 harvest at Mouton Rothschild. The wine is vinified in large, temperature controlled wood, 225 hectoliter vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. Chateau Mouton Rothschild is always aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 19 to 22 months. There is a second wine, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild. The estate also makes a dry, white wine from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle, Aile d’Argent. Since the arrival of Philippe Dalhuin, the amount of cases being produced of the Grand Vin continues to decrease, while the quality of the wine being made increases. As an example, previously, it was not unheard of for the estate to release 25,000 cases to as much as 30,000 cases of Mouton Rothschild. Today, that is not what takes place. The percentage of the crop used for Mouton Rothschild is now closer to 40% on average, which means they produce an average of 20,000 cases of Chateau Mouton Rothschild or less per vintage. This is clearly seen in the increased quality of the wine being produced today, which continues to improve. In 2006, Mouton Rothschild is clearly the wine of the vintage. Mouton Rothschild is the most flamboyant style of wine of all the First Growths. With Asian spices, opulent textures, an exotic personality and the ability to age and evolve for decades, Chateau Mouton Rothschild is not only one of the finest Bordeaux wines, but it is also one of the world’s great wines.

Producent Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Jaar 1990
Appellation Pauillac
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie excellent
Waardering Nee