Chateau Mouton Rothschild   Mouton Rothschild

1997 Mouton Rothschild

By Chateau Mouton Rothschild

1997 Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 1997 vintage of Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild represents a remarkable narrative in the fabled annals of Bordeaux's oenological history. Faced with a year that posed a cavalcade of climatic challenges, this vintage shines through with an unforeseen radiance – an achievement testament to the skill and dedication displayed by the vintners at this illustrious estate.

 

Uncovering the Quintessence of the Vintage

The 1997 harvest was met with cautious optimism, punctuated by a season less temperate than its illustrious predecessors - a circumstance that underscored the need for meticulous selection and precision viticulture. These wines from Pauillac are lauded for their robust structure and potential for evolution; yet, in this instance, we are greeted by a softer, more accessible profile. In every sip of the 1997 vintage, one unearths a genteel representation of the usually more assertive Pauillac terroir.

 

A Study in Elegance and Investment Potential

Within its burgundy depths, the 1997 Mouton Rothschild unfolds with an aromatic portfolio that challenges the perceptions of the vintage's broader narrative. Entwining ripe blackcurrants and forest floor nuances with wisps of tobacco and exotic spices manifest an enigmatic bouquet that evolves splendidly in the glass. Its palate is endowed with an understated power dressed in velvet tannins, revealing layers of fruit compote augmented by subtly integrated oak influences.

Dedicated collectors and astute investors often underrate this vintage, yet therein lies an opportunity. The 1997 Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild offers a distinguished allure, presenting itself as a wine with discreet charm and a potential investment undercurrent worthy of contemplative consideration.

To conclude this appraisal, the 1997 Mouton Rothschild beckons as a subtle jewel amidst its more pronounced siblings. With its unique vintage character and poised evolution, it is a discerning choice for those who seek both gratification on the palate and refinement in their portfolio.

Current market price

HK$42,490.00

12x75cl

Highest score

90

POP score

444

Scores and tasting notes

90

The appearance is similar to Latour '97 and in fact the nose seems to have more vigour althought the new oak is not so seamlessly melded. Blackberry, a touch of cassis, but the oak sticks out rather. The palate is full-bodied, quite dense with a touch of opulence and showiness about it (well, it is Mouton!) I am not sure about the balance: difficult to discern the fruit intensity under than oak. Leathery finish. Not bad. Drink 2010-2020.Tasted September 2006.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2008

90

Only 55% of the harvest was utilized for the 1997 Mouton-Rothschild. One of the most forward and developed Moutons over recent years, it possesses all the charm and fleshiness this vintage can provide. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, and an open-knit nose of cedar wood, blackberry liqueur, cassis, and coffee. Fleshy, ripe, and mouth-filling, with low acidity, soft tannin, and admirable concentration and length, this delicious Pauillac will be drinkable in 2-3 years, and should age for 15+. It is an impressive effort for this vintage.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 20 April 2000

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