Lot 44: 1 Jeroboam Bottle 1986 Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
October 4, 2013
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
One Jeroboam bottle of 1986 Château Mouton-Rothschild
Bordeaux blend dry red wine
Grape varieties: 80 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Merlot, 8 % Cabernet Franc, 2 % Petit Verdot
Label designed by Bernard Séjourné (1947-1994)
Original filling quantity: 5 l
Ullage: into neck
Robert Parker: 100/100 (1996)
The Wine Advocate: 100/100 (2009)
Wine Spectator: 99/100
This lot comprises one Jeroboam bottle (5 l) of 1996 vintage Château Mouton-Rothschild from the Pauillac appellation in Bordeaux. The label was designed by the Haitian artist Bernard Séjourné (1947-1994). This wine was last rated by critic Robert Parker in 1996, when he awarded it 100 points. In a 2009 issue of Parker's magazine The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perroti-Brown also gave the wine a full rating. The Wine Spectator rated this red wine with 99 points. Wine matures more slowly in larger bottles such as this one, and the danger of cork failure is much lower. This top quality wine is perfect for an elegant dinner among friends!
The ullage is excellent (into neck), especially considering the wine's age. The labels and the capsule are slightly soiled. The label shows a water stain.
Château Mouton-Rothschild in Pauillac near Bordeaux is one of the most famous vineyards in the world. It is owned by the banking family Rothschild. The vineyard of today is the life's work of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, whom it was signed over on October 22, 1922, when he was a young man. Striving for excellence and searching for new methods, he consistently improved the quality of the Château's output. His first innovation was bottling the entire vintage at the vineyard, in order to maintain the quality of production: "Mise en Bouteille au Château". The reward finally came in 1973, when the Château Mouton-Rothschild was reclassified from Deuxième to Premier Cru (First Growth), the only change to have been made in the history of the official classification.
Mouton has 82 hectares vine area, made up of 77 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 % Merlot, 9 % Cabernet Franc and 2 % Petit Verdot. Château Mouton-Rothschild lies on a slope that is up to 30 m high. The over 8 m layer of gravel of this slope lies on a chalk base, coming from alluvial deposits of the nearby Gironde from the Pyrenees towards the end of the Beestonian stage. The grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon grows splendidly on this soil.