100 Points - Neal Martin "The 2016 Mouton Rothschild bowled me over when I tasted it from barrel. Philippe Dhalluin compares it to the 1986 in terms of intensity of fruit, although there is more maturity and refinement in the tannins apropos of the 2016. Bottled in July 2018, this has an intense bouquet with pixelated black fruit, crushed stone, hints of blue fruit and a touch of India ink. But it is the delineation and focus that take your breath away. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannin framing the pure black currant and cassis fruit. The acidity is pitch-perfect, and there is a gentle but insistent grip toward the extraordinarily long finish. Racking my brains to think of another Mouton Rothschild that I have tasted over the last 20 years that was as good as this, I simply cannot come up with one."
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
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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