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Grand Vin Pauillac 1998
Château Mouton-Rothschild is the most glitzy of the First Growths and the only wine to have ever been upgraded in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. According to Wine Advocate: “Mouton is unashamedly gregarious, flamboyant and melodramatic… a splash of colour in what can be a monochromatic region.”
From day one Mouton-Rothschild 1998 was, as the French say, a vin de garde – a wine to keep. With two decades under its belt, it’s emerging from its hibernation. Awarding it 96 points, Robert Parker says: “Like many of its peers, the 1998 has filled out spectacularly… it is an extremely powerful, super-concentrated wine offering notes of roasted espresso, crème de cassis, smoke, new saddle leather, graphite and liquorice… This is a 50-year Mouton.” It might, therefore, be worth grabbing two, one for now, the other for three decades from now.
Mouton Rothschild’s labels change each year. 1998’s was created by Rufino Tamayo who was born into a Zapotecan Indian family in Oaxaca and was one of Mexico’s most renowned artists. As dark, rich and flamboyant as the wine itself, the eyes of the character perfectly capturing everybody’s eagerness to taste the First Growth. Tamayo had been scheduled to paint the label for 1990, but unfortunately was unable to do so and died in 1991. His family allowed Mouton-Rothschild to use this painting “Brindis”, depicting a man proposing a toast. Cheers to Rufino Tamayo.
£106 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2425646
Style No.: 617842
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.5%
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