Pauillac 2014 - Château Mouton Rothschild
The color is deep red with purple highlights.
The nose, fine and distinguished, suggests great maturity of the fruit, pleasantly mixing subtle notes of spices and vanilla.
The velvety attack fills the mouth with a ripe and creamy substance, accompanied by silky and firm tannins which coat a satin texture with a touch of minerality.
The finish, of great length, harmoniously combines complexity, opulence and freshness.
We will remember the 2014 vintage as a very contrasting year.
After a typical Bordeaux winter, spring has set in normally with a month of April that is much sunnier and drier than average.
The month of May, wet and cool, was followed by a very sunny episode, even if it was marked by heavy, very localized precipitation which mainly corresponded to the storms of June 22 and 23.
The summer of 2014 was very variable: if July, rather beautiful, was slightly warmer than average, August was significantly cooler and much less sunny, although drier than normal.
From the end of August, one of the longest and most exceptional Indian summers in winegrower memory took hold: a succession of hot, sunny and dry days until the end of October.
In these conditions, the heat of April favored early budburst of the vines, particularly on the Merlot grape variety, then the extraordinary late season allowed perfect ripening of the grapes, preserving the flavors of the fruit and favoring the compounds. phenolics. The harvest work was thus able to be carried out in perfect conditions, allowing time to pick the bunches at optimal maturity.
Château Mouton Rothschild has 90 hectares of vines to the North-West of Bordeaux, on the edge of the Médoc peninsula itself located, as its name suggests, in medio aquae , in the middle of the waters: to the East the Gironde estuary, to the west the Atlantic Ocean. The Médoc vineyard, which dates back to Roman times, currently has an area of approximately 16,500 hectares. It is planted on a narrow strip of land 80 km long and 5 to 10 km wide, close to the river which irrigates it in depth and moderates temperature variations. Leaning against the northern tip of the Landes forest, it benefits from the mild oceanic climate while being protected from its excesses.
As in any major wine-growing region, the vagaries of geology and microclimates produce wines of very different nature and quality in Médoc, some having to settle for the generic Médoc, Haut-Médoc or Bordeaux appellations. The elite is found within a few prestigious municipal appellations: Margaux, Saint Julien, Saint-Estèphe... Among these, one of the most renowned is undoubtedly Pauillac, the land of choice for the Cabernet-Sauvignon grape variety, which was introduced there at the beginning of the 19th century. The Pauillac appellation includes on its approximately 1,200 hectares three of the five “Premiers Crus Classés du Médoc and Graves”: Lafite, Latour and Mouton. With, around this glorious trio, fifteen of the sixty Médoc wines retained by the famous Classification of 1855.
Did you know ?
- 1853: Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, wishing to serve his own wine to his prestigious guests, buys Château Brane-Mouton at auction. The property, located in the heart of the Médoc in Pauillac, will now bear its name: Château Mouton Rothschild.
- 1924: Baron Philippe de Rothschild, great-grandson of Baron Nathaniel, took charge of the destiny of the estate in 1922. Two years later, he imposed full bottling at the château - although the wine was until then there delivered in barrels to traders. Also in 1924, Baron Philippe entrusted Jean Carlu with the task of illustrating the label of the vintage, but the initiative, too early, remained short-lived.
- 1933: In a spirit of loyalty to the Médoc, Baron Philippe acquired in 1933 a small trading company located in Pauillac, and promised a bright future under its current name: Baron Philippe de Rothschild. This produces and markets in particular Mouton Cadet, created in 1930, and today the leading brand in Bordeaux.
AOC in the world.
- 1945: To celebrate the victory of the Allies and mark its
Back on his land, Baron Philippe asked the artist Philippe Julian to illustrate the Mouton Rothschild label: the V for Victory was displayed on the bottles, and it was a total success. Since then, the vintage label has been illustrated each year by the reproduction of an original work of art, specially created for Mouton by a contemporary artist.
- 1973: After a long fight from Baron Philippe, Château Mouton Rothschild attained the rank of Premier Cru Classé, of which it had been unjustly deprived during the 1855 Classification. Mouton finally joined officially, by decree signed by Jacques Chirac aloi minister of Agriculture, an elite to which he de facto belonged for a long time.
- 2006: On September 28, during an auction organized by Christie's in Beverly Hills, a lot of twelve bottles of Mouton Rothschild 1945 reached $290,000, while a lot of six magnums of the same vintage sold for $345 000 $. Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 then became “the most expensive wine in the world”.
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