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1995 Mouton Rothschild

By Chateau Mouton Rothschild

1995 Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

One of the most intriguing Bordeaux blends to emerge from the latter part of the 20th century, the 1995 Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild stands as a testament to a year that was fraught with climatic challenges yet triumphed with extraordinary grace. As one conveys the tapestry of its development over the years, this vintage increasingly compels sophisticated fine wine investors and connoisseurs alike to revisit its unique narrative.


A Vintage Carved by Nature's Caprice

The growing season of 1995 was not without its volatility—an early frost in April posed an initial threat, yet it was followed by an ideal flowering period. Contrasts continued with a scorching summer, balanced precariously by timely showers, which softened the vine's struggle and allowed for a poised ripening of grapes. Microclimatic nuances were more critical than ever in crafting the character of the wine—a character that has emerged with both fortitude and finesse.


The Profile of Perseverance

In this exalted bottle, one finds notes of blackcurrant and cedar that intermingle with intoxicating nuances of Cuban cigar box—signatures distinct to this particular harvest. The palate revels in dense, yet polished tannins—a duality born of that year's intense August heat moderated by cooler nights as harvest approached. This juxtaposition imparts a harmony that adeptly supports the weight of pure, ripened fruit and a touch of spice derived from judicious oak ageing.

Now, with age as its ally, the 1995 Mouton Rothschild has evolved to reveal subtler shades—mushroom and forest floor whisper amid the remnants of plush dark berries. It is a symphony where every instrument has been tuned to perfection over time.

An investment in a wine such as the 1995 Mouton Rothschild is not merely an addition to one's portfolio but an engagement with history. As time continues its inexorable march, this vintage ascends steadily amongst its peers—a standout specimen with a singular stature in both the market and on the palate.


A Summation for the Sophisticated Investor

In conclusion, the ethereal composition of the 1995 Mouton Rothschild uniquely encapsulates the climatic drama, depth, and diversity inherent in its birth year. This vintage reflects an opportune intersection where climatic adversities have been transcended by winemaking excellence. For investors and enthusiasts who understand that wine embodies not just flavour but also story and spirit, this is indubitably an offering that merits attention—and appreciation may very well transcend its already distinguished pedigree. As this unparalleled Pauillac matures gracefully within cellars across the globe, it ranks deservedly among vintages one ought to secure without hesitation.

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Bottled in June, 1997, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular 1996. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Merlot, it reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is "great stuff," with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. There is outstanding purity and high tannin, but my instincts suggest this wine is lower in acidity and slightly fleshier than the brawnier, bigger 1996. Both are great efforts from Mouton-Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 February 1998


This bottle of Mouton ’95 was surprisingly disjointed on the nose and seemed to be cowering next to the ’96. The herbaceous element was more pronounced than anticipated, some lovely hot gravel and stony scents but missing the breeding of the following vintage. The palate is better with blackcurrant, cedar, graphite and slightly coarse tannins. This is like a car that cannot get out of second gear and yet, it seems like a very nice automobile. I would like to taste this again but on this showing, go ’96. Tasted February 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2011

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