Château Mouton Rothschild 1998

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Mouton Rothschild 1998

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Merlot 12%, Cabernet Franc 2% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Patrick Léon and Tim Mondavi Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 100010 Alcohol: 12.5% Fill Level: Into Neck
Estate Notes

Château Mouton Rothschild 1998 was a real star of the 1998 Bordeaux vintage, performing well in what was a tricky year for many châteaux. 

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 ('First I cannot be, Second I do not deign to be, I am Mouton'). After the upgrade, the motto was changed to Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change ('First I am, second I was, Mouton does not change').


“Blackberry and violets on the nose, with hints of roses. Sweet tobacco too. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and round tannins. A little tight and reserved now.” Wine Spectator

“Like many of its peers, the 1998 has filled out extremely powerful, super-concentrated wine offering notes of roasted espresso, creme de cassis, smoke, new saddle leather, graphite, and licorice. It is massive, with awesome concentration, mouth-searing tannin levels, and a saturated flavor profile that grips the mouth with considerable intensity.” Robert Parker

“Archetypical cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose offers fresh blackcurrant, lead pencil and flowers complicated by strong spice notes. Bright and juicy on entry, with very pure flavors of dark berries, underbrush and dried herbs, then slightly austere and linear in the middle palate. Finishes with a lingering saline nuance and very good length. A very refined and impeccably balanced Mouton, but I would have liked a little bit more concentration and opulence for an even higher score. This classic Mouton possesses relatively high acidity and a solid tannic structure; it offers early accessibility but should age effortlessly for another 15 or 20 years.” Ian d'Agata