Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998

Review of the Estate

Château Mouton Rothschild is a wine estate located in the village of Pauillac in the Médoc, 50 km (30 mi) north-west of the city of Bordeaux, France. Its red wine of the same name is regarded as one of the world's greatest clarets. Originally known as Château Brane-Mouton it was renamed by Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1853 to Château Mouton Rothschild. It was the first estate to begin complete château bottling of the harvest.

The branch of the Rothschild family owning Chateau Mouton Rothschild are members of the Primum Familiae Vini.

The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 was based entirely on recent market prices for a vineyard's wines, with one exception: Château Mouton Rothschild. 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, an act that Baron Philippe de Rothschild referred to as "the monstrous injustice". It is widely believed that the exception was made because the vineyard had recently been purchased by an Englishman and was no longer in French ownership.

In 1973, Chateau Mouton Rothschild was elevated to "first growth" status after decades of intense lobbying by its powerful and influential owner, the only change in the original 1855 classification (excepting the 1856 addition of Château Cantemerle). This prompted a change of motto: previously, the motto of the wine was Premier ne puis, second ne daigne, Mouton suis. ("First, I cannot be. Second, I do not deign to be. Mouton I am."), and it was changed to Premier je suis, Second je fus, Mouton ne change. ("First, I am. Second, I used to be. Mouton does not change.") 

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 185 acres

Grape Varieties: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

Average age of vines: 44 years

Density of plantation: 8,500 vines per hectare

Average yields: 40-50 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 20,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 10-50 years


Chateau Mouton Rothschild

 

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Bottles

  

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

 

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Label

Robert Parker Mouton Rothschild 1998 Review

Score: 96 Points                                   

Surprise, surprise! The 1998 Mouton has emerged as the greatest wine produced at this estate since the perfect 1986, of which the 1998 is somewhat reminiscent. Like many of its peers, it has filled out spectacularly. Now in the bottle, this opaque black.purple-coloured offering has increased in stature, richness, and size. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc (57% of the production was utilised), it is an extremely powerful, super-concentrated wine offering notes of roasted espresso, crème de cassis, smoke, new saddle leather, graphite, and licorice. It is massive, with awesome concentration, mouth-searing tannin levels, and a saturated flavour profile that grips the mouth with considerable intensity. This is another 50-year Mouton, but patience will be required as it will not be close to drinkability for at least a decade. This wine rivals the 1996 and 1995. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.

Score: 96

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

 

 

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com 

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Mouton Rothschild 1998 £2,832 £4,044 £1,212 42.8%

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Wine List

Mouton Rothschild 1990 Mouton Rothschild 1991 Mouton Rothschild 1992
Mouton Rothschild 1993 Mouton Rothschild 1994 Mouton Rothschild 1995
Mouton Rothschild 1996 Mouton Rothschild 1997 Mouton Rothschild 1998
Mouton Rothschild 1999 Mouton Rothschild 2000 Mouton Rothschild 2001
Mouton Rothschild 2002 Mouton Rothschild 2003 Mouton Rothschild 2004
Mouton Rothschild 2005 Mouton Rothschild 2006 Mouton Rothschild 2007
Mouton Rothschild 2008 Mouton Rothschild 2009 Mouton Rothschild 2010
Mouton Rothschild 2011    

 

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