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Château Mouton Rothschild 2012
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Château Mouton Rothschild
The Château Mouton Rothschild is known to all wine lovers, not only for its exceptional wines but also for its labels signed by artists since the 1945 vintage. Its history began in 1853 when Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild bought the Château Brane-Mouton from Pauillac, which he renamed Mouton-Rothschild and for which he undertook numerous restructuring works. In 1922, his great-grandson Philippe de Rothschild took over the reins for the next 65 years, and it was he who raised Mouton Rothschild to the top of its gLoire thanks to his determination and perseverance. A quest for excellence that will be pursued by his daughter, Baroness Philippine.
By an official decree issued in 1973 by Jacques Chirac, Minister of Agriculture at the time, the Château Mouton Rothschild will be declared as the fifth I Grand Cru Classé, alongside Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Haut-Brion, Château Latour and Château Margaux.
Today it is Baroness Philippine's three children who manage Domaine, always remaining faithful to the work of their grandfather and mother. The Domaine remains a space of art and beauty thanks to its spectacular vat room and its famous Wine in Art museum, which brings together the unique exhibition "Art and the Label" with the works of famous contemporary artists (Francis Bacon, Dali, Braque...) who have illustrated the labels of the great wine since 1945.
The Château Mouton Rothschild benefits from exceptional natural conditions, both for the quality of the soils composed of gravel and for the exposure and sunshine. The vineyard is composed of 84 hectares of vines planted in red with 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, intended for the production of the grand vin as well as the Second wine, the Petit Mouton of Mouton Rothschild. The vineyard also has a few hectares of white vines, planted with 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, 11% Sauvignon Gris and 1% Muscadelle, destined for the production of the white wine Sec, Aile d'Argent.
Everything is meticulously cared for at Château Mouton Rothschild, from the work in the vineyard to the aging process, offering delicate, complex wines with incredible aromatic depth. Aile d'Argent is a very great white wine Sec, particularly aromatic with great length and balance.
Critics Château Mouton Rothschild 2012.
Description Château Mouton Rothschild 2012.
The 2012 vintage was particularly contrasted for the Bordeaux vineyards. But it was a special year at Château Mouton Rothschild as it marked the inauguration of the new vinification vat ready to receive its new harvest. The summer was hot and very dry, allowing the concentration of sugar and tannins in the grapes. The harvest, carried out in a serene manner, is very selective so that only the most qualitative berries are kept.
Blend of the 2012 vintage: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
The robe is a deep purple color, very elegant and adorned with subtle tiled highlights.
The nose is powerful and complex, offering notes of creme de cassis, stewed black fruits and peppery spices, followed by leather, cardamom and toasted smoke.
The attack is precise, fleshy and elegant, giving way to a voluminous body wrapped in elegantly built tannins. Evolving on tertiary notes of vanilla and licorice, it stretches out for a long time until a persistent and beautifully fresh finish.
Food and wine pairing:
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2012 would be a perfect match with cider-roasted shoulder of wild boar, rack of lamb confit, veal chops with garlic clove, beef tenderloin in a Madeira crust, or marcassin filet with beet butter and chanterelles.
For a match with cheese, choose pressed and uncooked cheeses: cantal, old mimolette, morbier, saint-nectaire and tomme de Savoie. It can also be enjoyed with Brie de Meaux, Gouda or Salers.
It will go well with several chocolate desserts such as a crunchy entremet, Pierre Hermé's Carrément chocolat or a mi-cuit au chocolat grand cru.
Cellaring potential and tasting:
Château Mouton Rothschild 2012 is a great wine for cellaring, which can wait in the cellar for another ten years to reach its peak between 2030 and 2035.
However, it can be enjoyed now if properly prepared. To do so, take care to open the bottle the night before in the serving room at room temperature. Otherwise, make sure to open and decant the bottle 6 to 7 hours before the tasting so that the wine can reveal its full potential.
The bottles should be kept in the cellar in a dark place, lying down, with an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.