Pauillac 2009 - Château Mouton Rothschild
Very deep color, almost black, with brilliant reflections.
The nose, racy and complex, offers a wide aromatic range. Thus, the scents of blueberry, blackcurrant and blond tobacco mingle with subtle aromas of cedar and spices.
The palate immediately reveals all its density and finesse. The ripe fruit, very present, integrates perfectly with noble and coated tannins, revealing remarkable structure and balance.
The finish, opulent and long, confirms the great success of this Mouton Rothschild for which everything has been done to allow it to fully express the exceptional qualities of this 2009 vintage.
Nature was extremely generous in 2009, particularly favoring the vegetative cycle of the vine and the ripening of the grapes.
Winter is a little colder than usual but the region benefits from plenty of sunshine until March, the region benefits from an additional 204 hours of sunshine.
Spring saw a very humid month of April and a
often stormy month of May.
From mid-June, summer sets in, characterized by remarkable sunshine and little precipitation. These very good conditions and the strong water stress, barely compensated by some light precipitation, allow the maturation to take place fully, at the end of a slow evolution. September also has ideal weather, with alternating cool nights and warm days.
This weather proves favorable, particularly for the concentration of aromas and the accumulation of anthocyanins, and allows us to arrive at harvest with a vineyard in perfect condition.
The harvest begins on September 23 for the Merlots and ends on October 6 with the Cabernet Sauvignons. The grapes are extremely healthy, very sweet, colorful and fruity, with exceptional quality potential. 2009 will undoubtedly go down as a vintage measuring up to the greatest successes.
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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