Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1979
From the Paulliac Appellation in the Haute-Medoc sub-region on the left-bank of the Bordeaux. Hugh Johnson (Master of Wine) has said, "If one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument. It would be Pauillac."
The official birth of what we know as Chateau Mouton Rothschild took place in 1853. At that time, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, an English member of the Rothschild family, purchased a property in Pauillac called Chateau Brane-Mouton. As was the custom of the day, the new owner renamed it using his name and Chateau Mouton Rothschild was born. In 1868, James Rothschild, another member of the family purchased Chateau Lafite.
Mouton Rothschild was considered a Second Growth when the Classification took place in 1855. After existing for over 100 years without a single change, nobody believed the Classification would ever change. Chateau Mouton Rothschild beacme the only estate to succeed in changing the 1855 classification: Chateau Mouton Rothschild became officially a “Premier Cru Classé” (First Classified Growth).
In 1973, the front label on every bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild boasted…
“Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change”.
First I am, second I was, I Mouton do not change.
Today the vineyard of Chateau Mouton Rothschild is planted to 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
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