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November 08, 2018

Mouton Rothschild 2005, 12×75, £5,350, 98 Pts


Today we are delighted to be able to offer an exceptional parcel of Mouton Rothschild 2005, one of the greatest vintages in its illustrious history. It is well known that the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux is exceptional, heralded as the vintage of the decade. Now with over ten years in bottle, the wines are being opened the world over, the fruits of patience enjoyed. That said, wines like Mouton 2005 have Neolithic ageing potential, much like Mouton 1945, which sings from the glass today. Robert Parker, who originally scored it 96 points from bottle, latterly awarded Mouton 2005 as highly as 99+ points, making it a future 100 point masterpiece. Before leaving the Wine Advocate in 2017 Neal Martin awarded it 98 points saying ‘The 2005 Château Mouton-Rothschild is a deeply impressive First Growth.’ Antonio Galloni has also awarded it 98+ points, as does James Suckling. Mouton 2005 is a universally acclaimed great!

The price today per case of 12x75cl is £5,350, or £445 per bottle, which with 98 points gives it a Price over Points ratio (POP) of 297. The table below represents all vintages with 96+ points or higher from the Wine Advocate. A POP score of below 300 for the 2005 vintage demonstrates that it is undervalued, relative to the other great vintages. We posit that based on the equivalent vintages, Mouton 2005 is under-valued by at least 10%.

Mouton Rothschild WA Price 12×75 POP
2010 99 £5,850 308
2009 97 £5,700 336
2005 98 £5,350 297
2000 96+ £20,000 1212
1986 100 £9,200 460
1982 100 £11,000 550
1961 98 £24,000 1334
1959 100 £20,400 1020
1945 100 £180,000 9000

In terms of horizontal comparison, Mouton 2005 is significantly undervalued compared to the other four First Growths. With 98 points it surpasses Lafite Rothschild, which trades at a 42% premium at £7,600, equalling Latour and Margaux which trade at £6,800 and £6,350 respectively, it is bested only by Haut Brion with its 100 points. Despite this perfect score for Haut Brion, the significant discount offered by Mouton gives it a lower Price over Points score, making it comfortably the best value buy in 2005.

First Growth WA 12×75 POP
Mouton 98 £5,350 297
Haut Brion 100 £6,750 338
Margaux 98+ £6,350 343
Latour 98 £6,800 378
Lafite 96 £7,600 475

Indeed, Mouton 2005 has traded as high as £6,000 a case in 2008 and 2011, therefore today’s price is short of its previous watermark. It has increased 65% since its release and having entered its drinking window, has diminishing global supply. The 2009 and 2010 trade at a premium, the lower scoring 2000 trades at £20,000 a case, four times the price. It is the go to modern vintage, the best value great Mouton on the market and the best value First Growth of the vintage. It presents a very strong short and long-term investment case; however, it also reflects one of the best buy great First Growths since 1982. The parcel we offer today was bought on release and stored with the principal negociant since; it has perfect provenance.

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