Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
75cl * 12.5% ABV * Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Château Mouton Rothschild was formerly known as Château Brane-Mouton, but took its name when it was bought by Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1853. Rothschild wanted to serve his own wine to his prestigious guests, hence buying the highly acclaimed estate, and - just as he did - wine from this First Growth château has been served to prestigious guests ever since.
The 2001 is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc from low yielding vineyards (only 66% of the grape production made it into the wine).
'It has a vibrant, captivating bouquet that explodes from the glass with precocious black cherries, sous-bois, mint and a touch of Seville oranges, displaying precision and class. The medium-bodied palate shows good density and offers sappy black fruit, white pepper and just a touch of tobacco.' 94 points, Neal Martin, for Vinous.
As with all bottles of Mouton-Rothschild since 1945, the label for the 2001 includes specially commissioned artwork. This vintage's artist is Robert Wilson, from Waco in Texas. For the label for Mouton Rothschild 2001, Wilson has chosen to set his friend Philippine in a symphony of colours, in which the green of the vine shoots and the gold of the sun harmonise with the chromatic scale of the wine, from light red to deep purple.