1990 Mouton-Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 87 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55025-1990-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($189-$325) Full, deep red. Knockout smoky nose of cedar, leather, earth, truffle and game. Then rather tightly coiled and far less pliant than the nose would suggest. Strong acids contribute to this wine rather powerful structure. But I don't find the flesh shown by the best wines from this vintage. Finishes quite firm, youthfully backward and persistent. Still needs considerable bottle aging, but will this ever be truly satisfying?
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    Considering the vintages and the estate, Mouton's performances in 1989 and 1990 are puzzling. I have tasted these wines multiple times since my last reviews appeared in print. The 1990 is a hard, lean, austere, tannic style of Mouton that I predict will never shed enough tannin to attain complete harmony and balance. The wine exhibits a deep ruby color, less noticeable sweet oak than it possessed 2-3 years ago, hints of ripe blackcurrant fruit, and an attenuated, angular, tough style that is uncharacteristic of this chateau's winemaking, as well as the character of the 1990 vintage. This wine needs at least 10-15 years of cellaring, but don't expect a balanced Mouton when the tannin fades away - the wine is not that concentrated. In the context of a great vintage, Mouton's 1990 is a disappointment.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    This is slightly vegetal now, with some berry and herbal character. Not very impressive. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Very dark crimson with some age at the rim. Minty, exotic nose with quite a bit of dryness on the end. Some very obvious sweetness, not great intensity. Just a little tired on the end. Not enough freshness.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2009-2025
    Author: Edward T707
  • Anonymous | Rating: 93

    Author: Bonnie Sun
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: fishmano
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Bottle showed development with aromas of ceadr wood and meatstock. Still firm tannins and well supporting acidity. Ripe and well integrated fruit with long pallette. Excellent drinking for at least following 20 years.
    Author: PasiKetolainen
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Decanted for 2-1/2 hours. Taste at opening was quite tannic. This opened beautifully into an elegant and perfectly balanced wine. The nose was rich with fruit, unlike an earlier bottle of this that did not have much air-time. Color was consistant to the edge of the glass. Mouth feel was velvety. Taste was complex, layered, and had great depth. The finish was long, but near the end of the bottle the finish tailed off a bit without full, original flavor. Perhaps just a bit too much air or just that this wine is pushing 20 years old. A fine bottle of wine drinking beautifully right now. Being paired with a great steak didn't hurt.
    Author: grapist
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Tasted at the Acker BYOB. Surprisingly soft, deep red with a smoky nose. May not be at its peak yet, but very drinkable
    Drink Dates: 2009+
    Author: Ricknat1
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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White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2175 bottles owned
  • 447 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 447 collectors)