The '06 vintage from Chateau Mouton Rothschild was really quite good. The growing season ended with a lovely warm and dry summer which allowed perfectly ripe grapes to be harvested. The blend is made up from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, and the finished wine is dark and rich.
Every vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild carries a unique label, created by a celebrated artist from its time. The colourful 2006 label was designed by the German-born British artist Lucian Freud. While he is most well known for his realist portraits and nudes, he chose to adorn the bottle of this vintage with a surreal drawing of a zebra, sharing a room with a potted palm tree, suggestive of the exotic and mind-altering pleasure of drinking fine wine.
In 1853, shortly before the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, the Pauillac estate known as Chateau Brane Mouton was bought by Nathaniel de Rothschild. The estate at this time had fallen into disrepair, but its quality was recognised by the wine judges at the 1855 International Exhibition who gave Mouton Second Growth status. Subsequently, large swathes of vineyard were replanted and a new Chateau was built, rejuvenating the estate.
The next chapter begins in 1922 with the arrival of Baron Philippe Rothschild, great grandson of Nathaniel, who at twenty years old was a passionate winemaker and sought to innovate the practices at the estate. It was common practice in Bordeaux to sell wines in bulk barrels to wine merchants and traders, leaving them the responsibility of bottling, maturing and distribution. Bottling at the estate allowed the Baron to personally see to the handling of every drop of his precious wine. Additionally, creating a 'second wine' called Mouton-Cadet, left only the very best grapes for the Grand Vin, and quality soared!
By the mid-1900s, Chateau Mouton Rothschild was considered to be one of the world's greatest wines, yet did not hold the coveted Bordeaux Premier Cru status. In 1973 when, after hard work in the vineyard, the winery, and a tiny bit of handshaking, Baron Philippe would have Chateau Mouton Rothschild elevated to Premier Cru Classe. This is the only instance of a Bordeaux wine estate changing its classification.
A major sleeper of the vintage and a great effort, the 2006 Mouton-Rothschild boasts abundant notes of crème de cassis, licorice, truffles, forest floor and cedarwood. The stunning aromatics are still somewhat primary, but the wine is full-bodied with sweet, abundant tannin. Built like a skyscraper with multiple dimensions, this super-concentrated, beautiful blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot should drink well for 30+ years.
Our nationwide door to door deliveries are processed by leading specialists in the transportation of quality wines and spirits. We aim to keep things as simple as possible and have opted for a flat consignment charge of £5 +VAT to mainland UK destinations. We are able to facilitate morning deliveries(before 10am & Midday) and Saturday deliveries for an extra charge, please contact us and we will see what can be done.
NB Deliveries to the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly will incur delivery surcharges.
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|Larger Weight||Please Call +44 1384 394518|
As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.