1997 Mouton-Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 90 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55025-1997-750-3A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating:

    A curious wine this, with bottle deposit lining the inside of the bottle and by far the most sediment. Crimson and a relatively light rim. Big, sweet but rather simple, so much so that the acidity is rather showcased. Solid, earthbound, sweet and flattering to the taster but not flattered by being next to the much more engaging, subtler Lafite.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Deep ruby. Exotic, enticing aromas of black fruits, cherry cough syrup, roast coffee and caramel, along with pungent oakiness. Sweet, fat and thick in the mouth, but with adequate framing acidity. Quite ripe on the back end, with much finer tannins than the foregoing '97s.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Only 55% of the harvest was utilized for the 1997 Mouton-Rothschild. One of the most forward and developed Moutons over recent years, it possesses all the charm and fleshiness this vintage can provide. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, and an open-knit nose of cedar wood, blackberry liqueur, cassis, and coffee. Fleshy, ripe, and mouth-filling, with low acidity, soft tannin, and admirable concentration and length, this delicious Pauillac will be drinkable in 2-3 years, and should age for 15+. It is an impressive effort for this vintage.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Very good Mouton, but not outstanding; lacks a bit of fruit in the center palate. Good dark ruby color, with lovely mineral, spice and currant aromas. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a light, fruity finish.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2002-2015
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 97

    The winner of a small tasting of 1997 Bordeaux horizontal, it was the best from the beginning to finish. It opened quickly (unlike the Margaux) and stayed relatively constant throughout several hours. Wonderful subtlety, great and noble nose, earthiness, overall remarkable for what is considered to be not a great vintage. Tannins suggest can survive for many years.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: Ilya S
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Very smooth, but not overpowering. Very good for off-year. Ready to drinking now.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2010
    Author: Gregory H928
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

  • 888 bottles owned
  • 200 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 200 collectors)