Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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 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, Mouton 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.") 

Baron Philippe de Rothschild came up with the idea of having each year's label designed by a famous artist of the day. In 1946, this became a permanent and significant aspect of the Mouton image with labels created by some of the world's great painters and sculptors. The only exception to date is the unusual gold-enamel bottle for 2000.

To celebrate the hundredth birthday of the acquisition of Château Mouton, the portrait of Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild appeared on the 1953 label. In 1977, Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother visited the château and a special label was designed to commemorate the visit.

Twice in the history of Chatau Moutons special labels, there have been two used for the same year. The first occurred in 1978 when Montreal artist Jean-Paul Riopelle submitted two designs. Baron Philippe de Rothschild liked them equally so he split the production run and used both designs. The 1993 Mouton label, a pencil drawing of a nude reclining nymphet by the French painter Balthus was rejected for use in the United States by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. As such, for the U.S. market the label was made with a blank space where the image should have been and both versions are sought after by collectors. The popularity of the label images results in auction prices for older and more collectible years being far out of sync with the other first growths, whose labels do not change year to year. The recent label, for Chateau Mouton's 2010 vintage, is the work of American artist Jeff Koons.



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 Performance History Graph

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Mouton Rothschild Performance History Graph

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Wine List

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Point Score

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990 84
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1991 86
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1992 89
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1993 90
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1994 91
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1995 95
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996 94+
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1997 90
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998 96
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1999 93
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 96+
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001 89
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2002 93
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003 95+
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2004 92
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2005 96
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2006 98+
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2007 92
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2008 94
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2009 99+
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2010 98+
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2011 96

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