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2021 Château Mouton-Rothschild En Primeur

Newly released, we offer 2021 Château Mouton-Rothschild below, at £2550 per six bottles, on allocation.  The Wine Advocate's William Kelley describes it as "a terrific wine in the making" (95-96 points)."  Several critics comment that this vintage will take time to develop, suggesting higher scores may be possible in bottle. 

Alongside the grand vin, we offer the second wine, Le Petit Mouton and Mouton's rare white wine Aile d'Argent, from a tiny plot of white vines planted in the 1980s, as well as their stablemates, Clerc-Milon and d'Armailhac, also recently released.  

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Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2024.

Limited availability, on allocation.  To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

 

Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac

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Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac

Château Mouton-Rothschild is a Premier Cru Classé estate in the commune of Pauillac.  Unlike Lafite and Latour, Mouton was not rated as a first growth in the 1855 Classification.  After establishing itself in the early nineteenth century, an ill-timed bad patch in the 1840s probably cost it that accolade and it was not until 1973 that it was upgraded to first growth. 

This was largely due to the work of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, who had taken over in 1922.  He also introduced château bottling at Mouton in 1924 (which subsequently became key to quality across the Grand Crus Classé) as well as the artist-designed labels from 1945.  Artists including Miró, Chagall, Braque, Picasso, Francis Bacon, Dali, Jeff Koons and Prince Charles have all contributed labels.

The vineyard consists of 90 hectares on the “Plateau de Mouton” which rises 27m above sea-level, on very deep gravelly soils, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (81%), Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%). 

 

 

RED 2021 Château Mouton Rothschild 75cl £1,275 per case of 3 Château Mouton Rothschild
2021 / / 75cl
£1,275 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Blackcurrant and cranberry notes indicate the dominance of Cabernet in the blend. Meaty but fresh on the palate, the tannins silky and dense. Plenty of substance here, the fruit generous, the tannins firm, providing length on the finish. Rich, within the context of the vintage, but fresh at the same time. Looks to have staying power. (JL) 13.1%. Drink 2030 – 2050. 17.5+ points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"The 2021 Mouton Rothschild marks a return to the classic style of this First Growth after three hot vintages. Unsurprisingly, the Cabernet Sauvignon takes control and expresses cigar smoke and graphite aromas. This is very well defined, yet examining the wine over several minutes, I was searching in vain for that "magic touch" exuded in recent vintages. The palate is beautifully-knit, quite edgy on the opening, comparatively slender and markedly sapid. Unapologetically linear on the finish, it is as if the growing season snipped off the frills that defines a great Mouton-Rothschild. This is a very fine First Growth, yet I hope it just gains a bit of weight and, to use a more accurate word, "presence", during the remainder of its barrel maturation. 13.1% alcohol 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Jewel-ruby in colour, crystalline reflections. This is less exuberant than a usual Mouton, more of a classic Pauillac with intensity and depth through the palate. Plenty of grip and length, with rich layers of raspberry and blackberry fruits and curls of gunsmoke, liqourice and cocoa bean, giving hints of a more generous wine that should be released further over ageing. Focused and supple. 100% new oak. 3.73ph, 59IPT, 41hl/h yield. Harvest September 25 until October 6. The first vintage where it was Jean-Emmauel Danjoy from beginning to end, after Philippe Dhalluin's retiremement. 41% of overall production in Mouton. Strong candidate for an upscore in bottle. 95 points" janeanson.com------"The 2021 Mouton Rothschild is a potent, tightly wound Pauillac that will need a number of years to come together. Driving in its intensity, with searing tannins, the 2021 comes across as a bit severe today, with less of the charm and sensuality that is such a Mouton signature. That said, I was not thrilled with the quality of either of the two samples of the Grand Vin I tasted. 94-96 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"The 2021 Mouton Rothschild is a terrific wine in the making, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cherries and wild berries mingled with notions of violets, espresso roast, pipe tobacco and mint. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, it's a layered, enveloping wine that's ample and concentrated, with succulent acids, melting tannins and a long, resonant finish. A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc that attained 13.1% alcohol, this is a demonstrative, sensual Mouton that's the fruit of extreme selection, and that may well make my score seem conservative with further élevage. Bravo to the talented Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy and his team. 95-96 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"A firm and compact Mouton with a powerful tannin frame for the vintage, yet it remains fine and precise as it opens to a velvety texture. Black fruit with tar, pencil lead and tobacco. Driven and firm. A little angular and tight at the moment. 89% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 1% cabernet franc. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com
RED 2021 Château Mouton Rothschild 75cl £2,550 per case of 6 Château Mouton Rothschild
2021 / / 75cl
£2,550 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Blackcurrant and cranberry notes indicate the dominance of Cabernet in the blend. Meaty but fresh on the palate, the tannins silky and dense. Plenty of substance here, the fruit generous, the tannins firm, providing length on the finish. Rich, within the context of the vintage, but fresh at the same time. Looks to have staying power. (JL) 13.1%. Drink 2030 – 2050. 17.5+ points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"The 2021 Mouton Rothschild marks a return to the classic style of this First Growth after three hot vintages. Unsurprisingly, the Cabernet Sauvignon takes control and expresses cigar smoke and graphite aromas. This is very well defined, yet examining the wine over several minutes, I was searching in vain for that "magic touch" exuded in recent vintages. The palate is beautifully-knit, quite edgy on the opening, comparatively slender and markedly sapid. Unapologetically linear on the finish, it is as if the growing season snipped off the frills that defines a great Mouton-Rothschild. This is a very fine First Growth, yet I hope it just gains a bit of weight and, to use a more accurate word, "presence", during the remainder of its barrel maturation. 13.1% alcohol 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Jewel-ruby in colour, crystalline reflections. This is less exuberant than a usual Mouton, more of a classic Pauillac with intensity and depth through the palate. Plenty of grip and length, with rich layers of raspberry and blackberry fruits and curls of gunsmoke, liqourice and cocoa bean, giving hints of a more generous wine that should be released further over ageing. Focused and supple. 100% new oak. 3.73ph, 59IPT, 41hl/h yield. Harvest September 25 until October 6. The first vintage where it was Jean-Emmauel Danjoy from beginning to end, after Philippe Dhalluin's retiremement. 41% of overall production in Mouton. Strong candidate for an upscore in bottle. 95 points" janeanson.com------"The 2021 Mouton Rothschild is a potent, tightly wound Pauillac that will need a number of years to come together. Driving in its intensity, with searing tannins, the 2021 comes across as a bit severe today, with less of the charm and sensuality that is such a Mouton signature. That said, I was not thrilled with the quality of either of the two samples of the Grand Vin I tasted. 94-96 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"The 2021 Mouton Rothschild is a terrific wine in the making, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cherries and wild berries mingled with notions of violets, espresso roast, pipe tobacco and mint. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, it's a layered, enveloping wine that's ample and concentrated, with succulent acids, melting tannins and a long, resonant finish. A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc that attained 13.1% alcohol, this is a demonstrative, sensual Mouton that's the fruit of extreme selection, and that may well make my score seem conservative with further élevage. Bravo to the talented Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy and his team. 95-96 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"A firm and compact Mouton with a powerful tannin frame for the vintage, yet it remains fine and precise as it opens to a velvety texture. Black fruit with tar, pencil lead and tobacco. Driven and firm. A little angular and tight at the moment. 89% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 1% cabernet franc. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com
WHITE 2021 Château Mouton Rothschild - Aile d'Argent 75cl £550 per case of 6 Château Mouton Rothschild
Aile d'Argent
2021 / / 75cl
£550 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2021 Aile d'Argent has a more Sauvignon-driven bouquet with lime flower, orange pith, a hint of grapefruit and gooseberry. The palate is wel balanced with a spicy entry, just a hint of ginger, well. balanced with a saline finish. This is absolutely delicious. Neal Martin, Vinous, 91-93 points." Apr 2022------"Spicy and complex with cardamom, green apple, pineapple and dried lime. Hints of white chocolate and mango, too. Medium-to full-bodied, layered and phenolic. Focused and structured, yet very generous and caressing at the same time. Long, driven and exciting. 64% sauvignon (blanc and gris) and 36% semillon. 97-98 points." James Suckling
RED 2021 Château Mouton Rothschild - Le Petit Mouton 75cl £1,020 per case of 6 Château Mouton Rothschild
Le Petit Mouton
2021 / / 75cl
£1,020 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“Representing 40% of the total volume, a little more than usual, the 2021 Le Petit-Mouton, is aged in 50% new oak. A very cabernet nose with conspicuous graphite scents infusing the black fruit, a little earl grey in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy opening, not amazingly complex but well balanced with fine tannins and just a pinch of black pepper on the finish. Classic in style, it should give 15-20 years of drinking pleasure. Drink 2025 – 2040. 90-92 points.” Neal Martin, Vinous Apr 2022------“Since Mouton-Rothschild itself this year derives exclusively from the two plateaus that always make up the core of the blend, the 2021 Le Petit Mouton benefits from the inclusion of parcels that often make it into the grand vin. Exhibiting aromas of crème de cassis, mint, cigar wrapper, violets and espresso roast, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and fleshy, with a rich core of fruit, powdery tannins, succulent acids and a persistent finish. Characterful and beautifully made, I wonder if I'm being a little severe with my score? 89-91 points.” William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Apr 2022------“The 2021 Le Petit-Mouton is a powerful wine, but not quite the charmer it can be. There's good fruit density, but the tannins are a bit severe. I imagine at least some of that is attributable to the relatively high percentage of cabernet in the blend. Overall, the 2021 comes across as a bit severe, though. Drink 2028-2036. 91-93 points.” Antonio Galloni, Apr 2022

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