Château Mouton Rothschild 2014
• Domaine: Château Mouton Rothschild
• A.O.C.: Pauillac
• Classification: First Growth, 1èr Grand Cru Classé in 1855
Wine Notes: Mouton was not listed among the original First Growths. It was only one of two wines that made it onto the 1855 classification of the wines of Medoc, the other being Château Cantemerle which many felt was unjustifiably neglected and excluded in 1855 and the oversight was corrected the next year when Cantemerle was brought onto the classification list in 1856. Mouton's elevation, however, didn't come until an official re-classification in 1973. The late Baron Philippe de Rothschild single-handedly created and elevated the status of Mouton Rothschild. When he could not count his wine among the first growths, his wine label defiantly stated "Premier ne puis, second ne daigne, Mouton suis" ("First I cannot be, second I will not call myself, Mouton I am").
"The 2014 Mouton-Rothschild was closed at first when I tasted the wine in bottle with winemaker Philippe Dhalluin. But as it transpires, this First Growth is just toying with you. Initially quite understated, it responds to aeration like a young child peeking from around a corner and then running out, waving its hands. It suddenly hits you with gorgeous black cherries, bilberry, cedar and wilted rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth entry. This is utterly seductive: a wine without a hair out of place. It is not as powerful or as complex as the 2015 Mouton-Rothschild, yet the precision and focus here is beguiling. It will require five to seven years to absorb the 100% new oak, then it will be an utterly delicious and to use a term employed at en primeur, "cerebral" First Growth that is destined to give two or three decades of pleasure." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (3/31/2017, Interim Issue), Ratings: 95