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2001 Mouton Rothschild

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2001 Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2001 vintage from the illustrious Pauillac appellation was, put simply, a hauntingly beautiful enigma that emerged in a year eclipsed by its predecessor. Amidst such conditions, the prowess of Chateau Mouton Rothschild shone through with a display of vinicultural alchemy that yielded an entrancing expression of their emblematic first growth.


An Opulent Pauillac: Distinguished Pedigree Meets Vintage Rarity

Bordeaux's 2001 vintage faced the daunting challenge of following the universally lauded 2000s. And yet, with a deft touch and relentless attention to terroir, the team at Chateau Mouton Rothschild construed these circumstances not as a hindrance, but an opportunity. The result is a claret that intertwines assertive tannic structure with supple grace—a telltale marker of meticulous harvesting and sagacious yielding—cementing itself as one of the year’s triumphs and a truly investable wine.


Elegance Amidst Unpredictability: A Testament to Terroir

A symphony of complex aromatics greets one’s senses upon approaching the 2001 Mouton Rothschild. It playfully unfurls layers of ripe black currants, orchestrated with hints of cedarwood and subtle spices, entwined with whispers of earthy minerality—a noble salute to Pauillac's storied soils. On the palate, one is embraced by the sinuous juxtaposition of concentration and finesse; it dances with vivacity, yet promises enduring potential for further maturation. A remarkable embodiment of vintage character.

Crafted during climatic caprice, this vintage lays testament to the experienced hand guiding Chateau Mouton Rothschild’s vines. For aficionados and investors alike, this is not an offering to miss—the 2001 vintage from Chateau Mouton Rothschild encapsulates the exceptional adaptability of the estate’s savoir-faire.

In summary, the splendour within each bottle articulates not only a story of excellence but also presents a consummate opportunity for discerning collectors seeking rarity and resilience in their wine investment portfolio. As such, while it bears the hallmark traits relished by collectors globally—opulence laced with poise and longevity—it’s the inflection of this specific year's climate woven into its profile that makes the 2001 Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild distinctively captivating.

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Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On horizontal. This has another outstanding bouquet with notes of blackberry, wild hedgerow, graphite and a touch of orange peel. Great delineation and vigour, a little more generous than Lafite that overtakes after an hour in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, superb acidity, great depth but perhaps just missing the persistency and vigour of the Lafite. Great mineralite on the tobacco and autumn leaf-finish. Tasted March 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2011


A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the opaque purple-colored, chunky 2001 Mouton-Rothschild does not possess the finesse and stature often achieved by this first-growth. It offers a tell-tale cassis-scented nose, and a monolithic, medium to full-bodied style with relatively high, austere tannin in the finish (a characteristics I also noticed in cask). A dry, angular, backward effort for the vintage, it should be forgotten for at least a decade. Let’s hope the fruit continues to expand and sweeten, but that’s no sure thing. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004

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