The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
The 1998 was born as a rather harsh wine which needed a few years to settle down. Today its drinking well with smooth tannins, and the sweetness is well balanced with plenty of fresh acidity! Drink now, or hold for a few more years.
Not many bottles were made of this outstanding wine, but they are drinking fabulously well and should do so for some years yet! 1998 at Chateau Mouton Rothschild was a winemakers vintage; imperfect weather conditions forced stricter selection and careful blending of batches to create a wine worthy of the estate! The blend in the 98 is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% C…
The estate of 14 hectares is planted on clay soils with grape varieties, mainly Merlot (90%) and an addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec (5% each). The average age of the vines is 50 years.