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June 16, 2016

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2015

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2015
97-99 Pts WA, 96-97 Pts JS

6×75 – £2,075 EP

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders, see below.

2015 En Primeur Expected Spring 2018 

Mouton Rothschild released this morning, priced in line with the other First Growths at £2,075 per case of six bottles. The 2014 released last year for £2,300 per 12×75 case ex-London and since has risen 30% to £3,000. Today’s release price of the 2015, therefore, marks 38% increase on the current market price of the 2014. In 2015, Neal Martin has awarded Mouton Rothschild 97-99 points and declares it as ‘a classic Mouton-Rothschild that will live for 50 or 60 years, not a million miles away from say, the 1986 or 2010. Expect this to settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle.’  The 1986 has a perfect 100 point score and Martin has made it clear he expects this to push 99 points form bottle.

Today’s release price offers an incentive to buy on release, it offers a 20% discount to the 97+ scoring 2010, which trades at £5,250 and the 99 point 2009, which trades at £5,000. The 97 scoring 2005 trades at £4,400 and we expect the 2015 to quickly surpass this in price. It is also worth considering that given Martin’s comments Mouton Rothschild offers excellent speculation in the run up to his bottle tasting in two years time, as people anticipate a 99 point score and a price rise.

Mouton Rothschild JS WA Price  Release Price
2015 96-97 97-99 £4,150 £4,150 
2014 96-97 94-96 £3,000 £2,300
2013 92-93 91-93 £2,950 £2,400
2012 97 94 £3,100 £2,800
2011 94 92 £3,100 £3,770
2010 100 97+ £5,250 £7,750
2009 98 99 £5,000 £9,800
2008 94 94 £3,400 £1,750
2007 94 88 £3,300 £2,450
2006 95 97 £3,900 £3,400
2005 98 97 £4,400 £3,500
2004 94 90 £3,700 £880

Mouton Rothschild occupies the peak of the most impressive gravel plateau to the north of Pauillac. This provides further drainage and the best view of the Gironde. The high mounds mean that the roots have to dig deep to find the water basin, struggling and concentrating their energy. The soil contains iron adding an extra minerality and richness to the wine. Under the vision of Baron Phillipe De Rothschild, who assumed ownership in 1922, Mouton Rothschild flourished and even managed to achieve First Growth status in 1973, the only Chateau to ever gain a promotion in the 1855 Classification at First Growth level.

Mouton commission a different artist every year to design their labels; artists include Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Mouton Rothschild has exotic and powerful aromas with pronounced minerality and red fruit tones. Mouton is often described as extravagant and in the finest of the Bordeaux vintages, it makes truly great wine.

Also released and available:

  • La Mission Haut Brion 2015, 12x75cl, £3,160 – 100 Pts
  • La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion 2015, 12x75cl, £630 – 94-95 Pts
  • Pavie 2015, 12x75cl, £2,650 – 100 Pts
  • Angelus 2015, 12x75cl, £2,650 – 99-100 Pts
  • Pichon Lalande 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 95-97 Pts
  • Palmer 2015, 12x75cl, £2,160 – 99-100 Pts
  • Lynch Bages 2015, 12x75cl, £870 – 95-96 Pts
  • Pichon Baron 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 96-98 Pts
  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2015, 12x75cl, £470 – 96-97 Pts
  • Duhart Milon 2015, 12x75cl, £500 -90-92 Pts

Click HERE for a review of the Bordeaux En Primeur 2015 Campaign to date

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2015

Neal Martin, 97-99 Points
The 2015 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc matured entirely in new oak, as usual. This represents a relatively high percentage of Merlot simply because, as winemaker Philippe Dhalluin told me, that quality was so good. I afforded my sample four to five minutes to open as it was a little reduced at first, but eventually it reveals a gorgeous, extraordinarily intense bouquet of blackberry, cassis, incense and cold slate aromas. In some ways it reminds me of Latour as much as Mouton Rothschild. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfectly pitched acidity, wonderful tension and impressive length. There is a strong graphite theme running through from start to finish that is little grainy and so it will require preferably a decade in cellar. But what freshness and panache here, a classic Mouton-Rothschild that will live for 50 or 60 years, not a million miles away from say, the 1986 or 2010. Expect this to settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle. 

James Suckling, 96-97 Points
Very racy and refined with super polished tannins and focused dark fruits. Blackberry, orange peel, and black currants. Full. Very long and thought-provoking. A wine that delivers power and finesse. Juicy and fresh.

To buy this wine please click here or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability. 

En Primeur - Why buy through IG Wines:

  • We only work with the largest and best financed negociants in Bordeaux
  • We guarantee delivery of all wines purchased en primeur
  • We are owned one third by a large family office and very well-financed
  • Since our foundation in 2011 we have grown our client base to over 1,500 private clients in ten different countries

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders:

  • Bottles (12x75cl or 6x75cl) – No Charge
  • Halves (12×37.5cl or 24×37.5cl) – £12.00 per case
  • Magnums (6x150cl or 3x150cl) – £7.00 per case
  • Double Magnums (3 x 300cl) – £50.00 per case
  • Imperials (1 x 600cl) – £25.00 each