2001 Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 L)
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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, France 2001 (1.5L)Although the Rothschild family has controlled their celebrated chateau since 1853, the modern story of Chateau Mouton Rothschild begins in 1924. It was then that the young Baron Philippe Rothschild insisted on bottling all his wine at the estate, an unusual move at the time but now an all but universal practice. The reforms instituted by the Baron led to international accolades and a massive following. Despite the widespread renown, Chateau Mouton Rothschild wasn’t granted First Growth status until 1973, the first change in classification since the scheme’s inception in 1855. Since 1945, each vintage's label has featured work by a famous contemporary artist. Past labels have included Picasso, Dalí, and Miró, making Mouton Rothschild bottles works of art in themselves. Chateau Mouton isn’t just an elegant wine and beautiful bottle; it can form the focal point of any serious wine collection. It can mean the difference between having a good wine collection and having a great one.
James SucklingThis is 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.
Stephen TanzerGood 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.
Robert ParkerA 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. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+.