Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
75cl * 13.0% 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.
An exceptionally successful wine to emerge from the 2008 vintage, Château Mouton Rothschild is one of only five ‘First Growths’ of Bordeaux, having been elevated to this prestigious status in 1973. This is the only change to have ever have been made to the famous 1855 original classification (other than the 1856 addition of Château Cantemerle as a Fifth Growth).
Taurus Wines sourced this parcel of wine through a longstanding relationship with a respected London broker – the perfect provenance.
This has the finest Pauillac notes of cigar box, forest floor, dark chocolate and (due in part to the very high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage,) layer upon layer of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Perfectly finessed tannins surround the palate, creating a sensual, savoury and expansive wine, that has evolved beautifully. Nature took its time in 2008, from vine-tending to vinification, but ultimately produced all the necessary ingredients to make this a very fine wine indeed.
As with all bottles of Mouton-Rothschild since 1945, the label for the 2008 includes specially commissioned artwork. This vintage's artist is the Chinese painter Xu Lei. Born in 1963, Xu Lei is known throughout the art world, he teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts and is the artistic director of the Today Art Museum of contemporary art in Beijing. The drawing he has created for Mouton-Rothschild 2008 takes up the theme of the ram, emblem of the illustrious First Growth. Perched on top of a delicately delineated rock, Xu Lei's ram asserts the role of a great wine as a link between people and cultures, from one hemisphere to the other of "planet wine".
Pair this wine with classic roast beef, game, lamb roasts, stews, or cheeses such as Camembert, Brie or Roquefort. Decant and filter carefully to remove sediment and leave for 2-3 hours. Serve at 15-16 degrees. The cool, almost cellar temperature give this wine extra freshness and lift. Drinking now – 2040 and beyond!
Jancis Robinson “I found myself swallowing this at 9.20am! Well done.” 18.5/20