Château Mouton Rothschild 2012
• Domaine: Château Mouton Rothschild
• Appellation: Pauillac
• Classification: First Growth, 1èr Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
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").
"Tasted at the Mouton-Rothschild vertical in London, the 2012 Mouton-Rothschild clearly has the upper hand over the 2011, if not quite at the level of the 2009, 2010 and what I envisage will be the 2015. There is obviously greater fruit intensity here, as if the contrast has been dialed up a couple of notches. It is quite showy on the nose, preening in its infancy with pure black cherries, graphite and hints of cold slate-like scents, later that hint of seaweed I observed when tasted blind a few months earlier. The palate is beautifully balanced with great vim and vigor. This is a Mouton that will not be put down - vivacious, vivid and delineated with wonderful focus and crucially, impressive persistence on the finish. Do not underestimate this Mouton-Rothschild, because I can see an upswing as it matures in bottle. Tasted April 2016." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (1/31/2017, Interim Issue), Ratings: 96, Drink: 2025-2050
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