1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux - 750ml

1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux - 750ml

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1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux - 100 Pts!

Château Mouton Rothschild is located in the commune of Pauillac, in the Medoc, 30 miles (50km) northwest of the city of Bordeaux. The grand vin is among the most highly rated and priced wines in the world, and is generally regarded as the most exuberant and powerful of all Bordeaux. It was famously added to the First Growths set out in the 1855 Classification in 1973.

The château started life as Brane-Mouton, and was among the best in Bordeaux through the 18th and early 19th Centuries, although there was a dip in quality and price in the 1840s. The Rothschild family bought (and renamed) the property in 1853 and quickly restored its reputation, but not in time for the 1855 Classification of Médoc wines, in which Mouton was only ranked a second growth wine.  Where as Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Haut-Brion attained Premier Cru Classé status.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild took control in 1922 and introduced château bottling in 1924, requiring the construction of the iconic barrel hall. At the end of World War II he also instigated the commissioning of a different artist each year to design the label. But his crowning achievement was the promotion of Mouton in 1973 to first growth status – the first change to the 1855 order.

Mouton Rothschild makes up to 350,000 bottles of wine a year, including the second wine Le Petit Mouton, which was established in 1993. It is made with grapes from selected younger vines, vinified in the same Mouton vats and aged in oak barrels. Around a hectare of white grapes was planted in the early 1980s to make the very rare Aile d'Argent Bordeaux Blanc.

    


Product Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1982
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pauillac
Producer Mouton-Rothschild
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 100 RP - Opaque purple-colored showing absolutely no signs of lightening Mouton's 1982 is a backward wine. Still tasting like a 4-5 year old Bordeaux it will evolve for another half century. At the Philadelphia tasting it was impossibly impenetrable and closed although phenomenally dense and muscular. However on two other recent occasions I decanted the wine in the morning and consumed it that evening and again the following evening. It is immune to oxidation! Moreover it has a level of concentration that represents the essence of the Mouton terroir as well as the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon it contains. Cassis cedar spice box minerals and vanillin are all present but this opaque black/purple Pauillac has yet to reveal secondary nuances given its youthfulness. It exhibits huge tannin unreal levels of glycerin and concentration and spectacular sweetness and opulence. Nevertheless it demands another decade of cellaring and should age effortlessly for another seven or eight decades. I have always felt the 1982 Mouton was perfect yet this immortal effort might be capable of lasting for 100 years! Readers who want to drink it are advised to decant it for at least 12-24 hours prior to consumption. I suggest double decanting i.e. pouring it into a clean decanter washing out the bottle and then repouring it back into the bottle inserting the cork leaving the air space to serve as breathing space until the wine is consumed 12-24 hours later. The improvement is striking. The fact that it resists oxidation is a testament to just how youthful it remains and how long it will last. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1982
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pauillac
Producer Mouton-Rothschild
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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