1981 Mouton-Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
    • Variety
      Red Bordeaux Blend
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    SKU: 55025-1981-750-1A
    • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 79

      This has always been an uninspiring Mouton, but it has become increasingly attenuated, with a frightfully austere personality. The color is a medium dark ruby with some amber at the edge. The nose is composed largely of earth, wood, and dusty, dried red fruit aromas. In the mouth, this compact wine reveals medium body, excruciatingly high tannin, and little fruit. In my opinion, it is drying out, and in large measure is a huge disappointment.
      Author: Robert Parker
    • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

      Wonderfully rich and still holding back. Beautiful plum, toasted oak, berry and tobacco character. Firm with a full body. Drinkable now; better with time.--The Bordeaux 50.
      Author: James Suckling
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  • 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

    • 557 bottles owned
    • 154 collectors