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1970 Château Mouton Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 93 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55025-1970-750

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$375.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    I have had a remarkable number of opportunities to taste this wine. One of the most frustratingly irregular wines I have ever encountered, the 1970 Mouton can range from pure nectar, to a wine that is angular, austere, and frightfully hard and tannic. This bottle (one of the Reserve du Chateau bottlings that was mistakenly released by the estate and labeled with the letters R.C., rather than a number) was impossible to assess when decanted, given its hard, tough, impenetrable style. Nearly eight hours later, the wine had opened magnificently to reveal a classic bouquet of sweet cassis, tobacco, minerals, and exotic spice aromas. Opulent, full-bodied, thick, and juicy, the extraordinary evolution of this particular bottle would make a persuasive argument for long-term decanting. After being perplexed throughout much of this wine's evolution, I was reassured by this bottle. No doubt Mouton's high Cabernet Sauvignon content causes this wine to go through a tight, hard, ungenerous stage, and the 1970 requires 5-7 more years of cellaring.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 17

    Shiny, russet colour. Muted, simple nose. Rich fruit with a dry finish. Surely Bordeaux? Not exciting but appetising. Well balanced and still motoring along. Neat finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Deep garnet; fragrant tar and black truffle nose; extremely concentrated; big and mouth-filling, with very dense cassis flavor; enormous, generous fruit; a voluptuous claret.
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: ruby
  • Self | Rating: 4.5

    drinking very well, tannins have softened, silky. red fruits and earth, plums, raisins, figs, and undertones of cherries
    Drink Dates: 2012-2015
    Author: will1408
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Opened a 3L for a Xmas party. Wine was in fabulous shape with silky tannins, good color and fruit, wonderful nose. Definitely a crowd pleaser.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2015
    Author: Steve Bachmann
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is a First Growth Bordeaux estate located in the village of Paulliac. The chateau was originally known as Chateau Brane-Mouton while in the possession of the Barons de Brane, but was given its current name by Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1853. The current owner is Philippine de Rothschild, Nathaniel's great-great granddaughter. Mouton-Rothschild is known for being the first estate to initiate complete chateau-bottling in 1924 and for being the only estate from the 1855 classification to be reclassified (upgraded to First Growth in 1973). Mouton's bottles are unique in that each label is designed by a famous artist of the day. This feature makes Mouton-Rothschild especially attractive to collectors. Not to be confused with the grand vin, Mouton also makes a generic Bordeaux called Mouton Cadet, which is dramatically lower in price and highly distributed. The estate also produces a dry Bordeaux Blanc called Ailes d'Argent.

Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, with annual production varying between 20-25,000 cases. The vineyards are comprised of gravel on a subsoil of marl and clay. Mouton is one of the last Medoc estates to ferment its wine in oak vats. Maturation is done in new oak casks. Mouton is a complex wine with an exotic character and powerful tannins. The bouquet features black currants, cedar, pencil lead, licorice, and spice. Younger vintages appear opaque or deep purple, while older vintages tend to show more garnet. Some of the best vintages of Mouton-Rothschild include 1945, 1953, 1982, 1986, 1995, 1989 and 2002.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1066 bottles owned
  • 251 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 251 collectors)