Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 1982
"...a blockbuster—full-bodied, rich, opulently accented and unquestionably hedonic, possessing a mid-palate that is jam-packed with notions of red and black fruit preserves.” robertparker.com
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Merlot 8%, Petit Verdot 2%|
|Label Quality||Purchased in original wooden cases.|
Château Mouton Rothschild 1982 was purchased in its original wooden cases and comes from one of the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages. This fine red wine was rated 100 points by Robert Parker.
Mouton's labels are been designed by famous artists, and the 1982 vintage was painted by John Huston, the talented American actor who was also an accomplished director and painter. It is also rumoured that he had an affair with Pauline de Rothschild, the chatelaine of Baron Philippe de Rothschild.
Mouton Rothschild has been under the Barons de Rothschild ownership for over 100 years, and it was the unremitting efforts of the flamboyant Baron Philippe de Rothschild that resulted in Mouton's historical upgrade to premier Grand cru status in 1973 – the only change ever made to the Bordeaux classification of 1855.
Prior to the Médoc classification, Mouton's wine labels declared, Premier ne puis, Second ne daigne, Mouton suis. After the upgrade, the motto was changed to, Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change.
Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purposes only.
"Medium brick in color, the nose of the 1982 Mouton Rothschild is a little closed and sluggish to begin, offering earthy, cigar box, iron ore, star anise and dusty soil notes with a fruit core of kirsch, dried mulberries, blackcurrant pastilles, figs and prunes emerging after a few minutes. The palate remains a blockbuster—full-bodied, rich, opulently accented and unquestionably hedonic, possessing a mid-palate that is jam-packed with notions of red and black fruit preserves. The satiny texture/ripeness of tannins is simply incredible! It delivers a very long licorice-laced finish.” robertparker.com
"This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The crème de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth." Robert Parker
"Glorious aromas. Dark ruby red. Wonderful perfumes of flowers, berry and lilac. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long and pretty finish. Balanced. Class in a glass." Wine Spectator