The history of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild goes back to the year 1720 when the vineyard was set up by Joseph de Brane. The chateau is located at a height of approximately 40 meters above sea level. The Branes continued to work on the vineyard called Brane-Mouton all through the 18th century and it indeed was superior to the future second growths. Though its market price was at par with that of Chateau Lafite Routhschild, yet it was excluded from first growth status in 1855, which was considered grave injustice.
There has been controversy over its meriting first growth status, since questions were raised over the quality of the wine. Critics do not view kindly Mouton's self-promotion strategy, and the present first growths consider Mouton to be forcing its way into their exclusive group. Whatever the controversy, Mouton Rothschild wine has many admirers among wine lovers.
Vintages of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2004
The aroma comprises of cherry, blackberry, and citric fragrances. The flavors are tannic, and masculine.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2003
The vintage is not very aromatic, though the palate is very tannic, smooth and rounded. It has a well-balanced toasty finish. It is considered a good Mouton, but not quite there with Lafite and Latour.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2002
It has a very interesting and fascinating nose with black coffee, and tobacco aromas. The flavors are quite smooth, intense, and full-bodied.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2000
The nose is not all that concentrated. This vintage does not have a strong structure and depth; the flavors too lack in fruit concentration, though they are a bit toasty.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1999
Rich in aromas that are almost expressive, this vintage has concentrated flavors of cassis and cranberry. It is not quite there in comparison to other firsts. Though high on acidity, it is not that strong on structure and tannins.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1998
It is an intense dark purple wine. The aromas are not quite there yet, though the tannins are great. Flavored with vanilla and blackcurrant, it has a moderate length.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1997
The nose is uninspiring with restrained violet aromas. It has good concentrated flavors of cassis with leather notes. Smooth on tannins, it is a well-rounded wine, though lacking in depth and complexity of a Lafite or Latour.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1995
It is a very fine wine with a beautiful aromatic presence. The palate gives a rich taste of peppermint, mint and cedar that are blended well; with fresh acidity and well-knit tannins. It is complex with black fruits and mint. Though absolutely stunning and elegant, the wine is a little poor on the finish. It gets meatier in the glass, and hence more palatable.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1994
The vintage is clearer than Latour, with a delicate nose that is elegance personified. The flavors are soft, feminine, rich in red fruits, and mint. It is better blended and smoother in comparison to Latour. It has a peppery finish. Over all, it is a fine wine. With age, it tastes more tannic, with better acidity. Though very rich, it is not all that complex on the finish.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1991
The aroma is not quite fulfilling, while the flavors are great. Being firm in tannins, it offers a taste that is rich in Cabernet with an affluence of strawberry. This vintage is a classy wine.