Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er cru classé Pauillac 2001
The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 originally entered Chateau Mouton Rothschild as 2nd growth status (based entirely on recent market prices for a vineyard's wines, despite the market prices for their vineyard's wines equalling that of Château Lafite Rothschild) Château Mouton Rothschild was excluded from First Great Growth status. It was years of investment by the Rothschild family that saw the property elevated to its right place as of 1st growth status in 1973 joining the elite of Lafite, Latour, Margaux & Haut Brion .
There are 75 hectares rising to an altitude of 40 metres just to the north of Pauillac. Plantings are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), with 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and just 2% Petit Verdot. The estate also produces a white wine, Aile d’Argent from their plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.
'The 2001 has everything that a classic Pauillac Bordeaux should offer – the 2001 vintage followed the block busting 2000 and proved to be far more a classic year. With tiny yields of only 28hl/ha and a huge percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (86%) in the blend this is almost black in colour, it has a rich, sweet nose of pure Cabernet fruit, pencil shavings and subtle new oak.'
On the palate the oak integrates beautifully with dense black cherries, cream and spices. Ripe yet firm meaty tannins are evident but not obtrusive, while a wonderful minerally quality permeates through to the very long finish -Complex and rewarding.
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc – Drinking 2013 – 2025+
Score: 90/92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate