2001 Mouton-Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 89 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • 94 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55025-2001-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($120-$179) Good full ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, mint and minerals. Juicy but quite tightly wound today; much more austere than the comparatively pliant Clerc-Milon-not to mention firmer and less fleshy than it appeared from barrel a year ago. Juicy acidity contributes to the impression of structure. Unlike most 2001s, this seems already to have gone into a shell. This penetrating, mostly cabernet sauvignon (86%) Mouton will need at least a decade of bottle aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the opaque purple-colored, chunky 2001 Mouton-Rothschild does not possess the finesse and stature often achieved by this first-growth. It offers a tell-tale cassis-scented nose, and a monolithic, medium to full-bodied style with relatively high, austere tannin in the finish (a characteristics I also noticed in cask). A dry, angular, backward effort for the vintage, it should be forgotten for at least a decade. Let's hope the fruit continues to expand and sweeten, but that's no sure thing.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Spicy. Sweet but broad. Just a little loose on the finish. Lively and fresh with great sweetness. This wine was very charming at first but it peaked early and was a little bit coarse and oaky eventually.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 94

    This complex on the nose with black cherry, black currant and graphite aromas. It's very fleshy on the palate with chewy tannins and lots of fruit. This is still a reserved and structured Bordeaux, but with power lurking beneath. Still a baby.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Very smoky, with berry, coffee and tobacco aromas. Full-bodied, with polished velvety tannins, plenty of fruit and a cedary aftertaste. Tight and compacted. This is better than the 2000 Mouton. It's a baby 1986 Mouton. Solid and very, very fine. Persists for a long time on the palate.
    Author: James Suckling
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    Author: brendan
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Drink Dates: 2013-2025
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating:

    86% Cab Sav, 12% Merlot, 2% Cab Franc - powerful, ashy spice with subdued fruits of chocolate and licorice. Needs time to develop. Silky & smooth tannins with a surprisingly light mouth feel. Drying, bitter tannins on the long finish.
    Author: stujakub
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: raphaelmatias
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    awesome!!!
    Author: slkurtz
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

  • 1857 bottles owned
  • 433 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 433 collectors)