I’m not sure that we need to describe Mouton Rothschild but finding the right vintage at the right price is worth spending a little time on. 2006 was a slightly difficult year in Bordeaux thanks to late summer rains but Mouton worked hard to produce a wine with good concentration and balance. Coming off the back of the splendid 2005 vintage the 2006 has been overshadowed and therefore undervalued. Which works out well for those of us wanting to drink it. Mouton Rothschild are nothing if not consistently good but interestingly the 2006 is on a par with the 2005. It is also a classic, old-fashioned Claret that requires time and fifteen years is only just enough to get it started. There is a chance this is tightening up and will need another five years before the fruit emerges again.
Chateau Mouton Rothschild was one of the more consistent performers in the last 100 years, culminating half way through that period with its elevation to Premier Grand Cru Classé status.
Some of the older Moutons are still reasonably good value, particularly in the better years of the 1970s and 80s.
The blend is around 80% cabernet sauvignon and the rest mostly merlot, although the blend is subtely changed to suit each vintage.
The second wine of Chateau Mouton Rothschild is called Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild, there’s a third wine called Baron Nathaniel, and some nice marc.
2006 was a very good vintage in Pauillac
2006 was an above average vintage in Bordeaux