Mouton has few peers in the length and luster of
its history. The famous Barons de Brane owned the already well known vineyard
in the 18th and early 19th centuries when it was known as Chateau Brane-Mouton.
It was purchased by Nathaniel de Rothschild of London in 1853 who renamed it
to Chateau Mouton Rothschild, and is now owned by Philippine de Rothschild,
his great-great granddaughter. Mouton always in the forefront of the greatest
wines of Bordeaux, was the first estate to begin complete chateau-bottling of
the harvest -- an historic step initiated in 1924 by the late Philippe de Rothschild.
It is the only chateau in the Medoc Classification of 1855 to achieve reclassification.
In 1973, it was finally moved from a second growth to a first. In 1926, he commissioned
architect Charles Sicils to build the famous "Grand Chai". In 1962,
Philippe de Rothschild created, with his wife Pauline, the Museum of Wine and
Art", in which is displayed a priceless collection of exhibits relating
to wine and the vine, from the dawn of civilization up to modern times.
Vinification: Strict interpretation of classic ways: wooden vats, severe selection. No added yeast; 3 weeks maceration; 28-30C temperature of fermentation; 100% new oak vats for 23-24 months. Portion of first pressing sometimes included in lighter vintages. Fining - fresh egg whites.
Style: Luscious black currant flavored Cabernet fruit makes Mouton beguilingly easy to drink. Rich complex flavors, powerful ripe tannins and an extremely long finish are all hallmarks of this wine.
Chateau Mouton Rothschild / Boite Postale 117 / Rue de Grassi, France / Ph. 33-5-56-592-020 / Fax 33-5-56-732-044
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