Château Mouton Rothschild 2017 [futures]
• 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 2017 Mouton Rothschild has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon ever at 90%, with 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is already singing of crushed black currants, warm blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of violets, star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves plus wafts of pencil lead and unsmoked cigars. Medium-bodied, wonderfully delicate yet intense in the mouth (gaining some richness in the mid-palate on my second taste two and a half weeks later), it has super fine-grained, smooth tannins and incredible freshness, finishing very long with tons of tightly wound layers. Wow. This vintage is going to be very long-lived in the cellar!" - Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2018, Issue 236), Ratings: 97-99