CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 2005, PAUILLAC AOC, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
SAQ PRICE: $1363
Château Mouton Rothschild is a Bordeaux First Growth produced from 192 acres of vines in Pauillac. It belongs to the children of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild who sadly passed away in August of 2014.
The Château’s illustrious story starts in 1853, when Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild from the English branch of the family, bought Brane-Mouton and renamed it Mouton Rothschild. In 1922, his great-grandson Baron Philippe (1902-1988) took the destiny of the estate in hand. His reign was marked by his spirit of enterprise and sense of innovation, including labels illustrated each year by great painters, perhaps the most recognisable feature of a Chateau Mouton Rothschild’s bottle. Another is the creation of the first premium Franco-Californian wine, Opus One, in partnership with Robert Mondavi in 1979.
After her father's death, Baroness Philippine succeeded him as owner, modernising the facilities and equipment, extending the range of wines, establishing a presence in other great wine regions: these were the main stands of her strategy. Thus, the Opus One Winery was opened in 1991 and an ultramodern wine-making facility at Saint-Laurent-Médoc in 1993; new brands have been created, notably Pays d’Oc varietals in 1995; a premium Chilean red wine, Almaviva, was launched in 1997 in partnership with Concha y Toro. At Mouton itself, a fine white wine, Aile d'Argent, was created in 1991 and a second wine, Le Petit Mouton, in 1994.
At the summit stands Château Mouton Rothschild, both guide and model, embodying the passion for art and excellence perpetuated through two centuries by a family with a legendary name.
This 2005 vintage is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc and its profile is apparently reminiscent of the 1976, 1982 and 1995 Vintages.
In the glass, it is a deep garnet ruby colour with some terracotta hues. The legs are sexy and opulent.
On the nose, it is very complex and alive. There is some earth, prunes, various stewed red berries, a little smoke, the finest vanilla and some dried thyme and marjoram.
On the palate, it is full, sensual and robust. Almost oily in texture. Cherry and blackberry jam, little toasted oak, some minerals, cedar and rich rich deep dark coffee. Fine and elegant tannins dance with the softest acidity. The finish is overwhelmingly fleshy, seducing and long lasting.
This wine is like “the” kiss that made you shiver and weak in the knees, the one you will always remember…
It deserves to be the centre of attention at a table… To pair it with food, serve with its classic partner, lamb. Roasted, braised or otherwise, it will be a memorable feast.