The 2014 Mouton-Rothschild has a really quite fantastic bouquet with intense blackberry, mint, graphite and tobacco aromas that could only come from Pauillac at the top of the pyramid. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, pure blackberry and raspberry fruit laced with cedar and a pinch of black pepper. There is mass and density to this wine that is uncommon in 2014, quite astonishing in length with that tongue tingling with spiciness long after the wine has departed. Contender for wine of the vintage? You bet. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
Zalto Universal Glass is recommended for richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends as well as young and non-vintage Champagne. The Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.
Arguably one of the most famous properties in Bordeaux is Château Mouton Rothschild, situated in the Pauillac region of Bordeaux. The château was originally called Château Brane-Mouton, but in 1853, Nathaniel de Rothschild changed the name to Château Mouton Rothschild. In the 1920s, it was one of the first châteaux to bottle on the estate, instead of shipping their harvest abroad.
Château Mouton Rothschild has a tradition of using famous artists of the day to design their eye catching labels – Examples include Picasso, Dalí, Kandinsky and more recently Jeff Koons and Anish Kapoor.
The château’s vineyards are mainly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (around 80%) with the other 20% comprising of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Wines from this château are classically intense and full of powerful aromas often being called “Flamboyant” by critics and in tasting notes. Since 1993, the château has also produced a second wine, Le Petit Mouton.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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