Château Mouton Rothschild

1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé

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1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé
1997 Château Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé

Tasting Notes

Colour 

An evolved, brickish colour with a slightly orange tint.

Nose 

The wine has an intense nose on aromas of leather, hyacinth and tobacco.

Palate 

On the palate, it is round and fruity along with persisting and fine tannins. The fruit, with spicy and smoky notes, offer a long-lasting finish. A particularly successful vintage.

Harvest 

The year began with dry and warm weather, bringing much higher than normal average temperatures from the end of January and causing the vine to bud at the very beginning of March.

Flowering took place evenly across the different varieties, and mid-flowering was reached between 20 and 24 May. Mid-veraison was reached between 24 July and 1 August, 15 days earlier than usual, though at different times according to the grape variety. August was hot and humid, almost tropical, with 100% humidity on 3 days, but appropriate disease and pest control measures ensured that the crop remained in excellent condition. However, these unusual weather conditions halted the ripening process.

With the grapes ripening unevenly, it was necessary to wait until they reached optimum maturity in order to ensure a high-quality harvest. Fortunately, the weather turned fine again in September.

Producer

Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild acquired the château in 1853, but the legend of Mouton did not really begin until 1922 with Baron Philippe de Rothschild. At the age of 21, full of ambition and original ideas, he decided to devote his life to forging the wine's identity and its international reputation, which, from the very beginning also had an effect on the image of Bordeaux's wines as a whole.

In 1924, faced with the numerous irregular practices of Bordeaux's wine merchants, he inaugurated the bottled at the château guarantee. In 1945, to celebrate the Liberation, a V for victory crowned the label for that vintage, an initiative that marked the beginning of a series of original works created each year for the label by a famous artist. In 1973, even though no change had ever been made to the 1855 classification, Baron Philippe obtained - not without some difficulty - a revision that officially made Mouton one of Bordeaux's elite Premier Grands Crus Classés.

On his death in 1998, his daughter Philippine took over the reins, assisted by an unparalleled technical team, and successfully continued her father's projects until her death in 2014. Today, her three children, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild run the estate together.

Did you know?

1. In September 2006, a case of Mouton Rothschild 1945 was sold for $ 290,000 in Beverly Hills during an auction, Mouton then became the most expensive wine in the world.

2. The fantastic vintages of the last decade confirm the immeasurable potential of this château which produces each year, adorned with an original work, one of the most coveted bottles in the world.

3. The cellars contain wines preserved for posterity: 24 bottles, 6 magnums and 3 jeroboams of the new Mouton Rothschild vintage are placed there each year. The oldest bottle dates back to the 1859 vintage.

Please Note

A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!

Specifications

Year 1997
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Country France
Alcohol content
12.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.4 units
Type Red Blend
Cellaring Potential 2020
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin
Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac