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April 28, 2015

Mouton Rothschild 2014

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Bordeaux en primeur 2014 is gaining momentum, today marks the first release of a First Growth, Mouton Rothschild, along with the rest of their stable. Mouton Rothschild’s release price is £191 a bottle; the lowest since 2008, a 4.5% pound reduction on 2013 and a 16% reduction on 2012. Mouton Rothschild 2014 is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage, scoring 95-98 from James Molesworth of the Wine Spectator (WS) and 96-97 from James Suckling (JS). This is the best Mouton Rothschild since the 97+ scoring 2010, priced today at £4,800. In recent weeks the 2014 vintage  has drawn many comparison to the 2006 vintage, where Mouton also excelled, this was released at £3,400 per case of 12. Today offers the chance to own a high quality Mouton for under £200 a bottle, compelling indeed.

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In 2014 the left bank excelled, with the dominant Cabernet Sauvignon thriving on warm, gravelly soils, its thick skin benefiting from the superb Indian summer in September and October. Mouton Rothschild 2014 exhibits a wonderful density of fruit, dark rich and concentrated cassis and blackcurrants. This is combined with wonderful aromatics, of white chocolate that comes through intensely on the palate, black olive and earthy undertones. The nose and palate are very fresh with delightful saline notes and high notes of sweet spice; cumin and cinnamon . Mouton 2014 has wonderful balance, power and a long racy finish. The blend this year also reflects the brilliance of Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage, of which the wine is made up of 81%, with the addition of 16% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. This is unusual for the Estate, which is normally a blend consisting of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon. As one can imagine the higher preponderance this year translates into power and structure, this is built to last, it is a knock out.

With less than the average 18,000 cases made this year Mouton is selling out quickly on the Place de Bordeaux, hardly surprising for a Mouton of this quality, available for £190 a bottle, considerably cheaper than similar vintages which trade healthy at £250 plus a bottle today.

Mouton Rothschild 2014, 6×75 – £1,150 or 12×75 – £2,300 EP
James Suckling 96-97
This is incredibly minerally with a maritime character as well as red iodine, algae, currants and great intensity. Some saltiness. Almost like a pearl in an oyster shell. This is a true wine of the soil for Mouton. Full body, racy tannins and lingering. Excellent. Unique. 81% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot and 4% cabernet franc.
Wine Spectator 95–98
This captures the pure, distilled essence of Cabernet Sauvignon, with a racy core of red and black currant fruit that almost struts alone, but there’s ample roasted apple wood and iron deeply buried in the background, which should emerge with time. The finish has terrific delineation, with a mouthwatering edge despite clearly abundant tannins. The focus on purity in this wine is what’s most impressive over the last several vintages. Tasted non-blind.

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