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1953 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac

SKU #950502 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I remember a friend of mine decanting a magnum of the 1953 and sticking it under my nose to share with me the incredible bouquet. In addition to the exotic aromas of soy sauce, new saddle leather, cassis, herbs, and spices, the 1953 offers a deep ruby color with some amber at the edge. Sweet and fat, with voluptuously-textured fruit, this low acid wine has no noticeable tannin. While it may be living dangerously, it is a decadent treat if it is drunk immediately after decanting. (RP)  (10/1994)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Another outstanding vintage, with characteristic cassis flavor and chocolate, currant and cedar nuances, as well as an herbaceous note that blends well with the lovely, sweet fruit flavor on the long finish. (PM)  (5/1991)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 1953 Mouton-Rothschild is a wine that I have only tasted once before, when it utterly transfixed its audience with transcendental beauty. This magnum was quite different and initially I wondered whether it was correct. Then later, perusing Robert Parker's own tasting note, I found many similarities between our observations. Deep in color, it showed little sign of ageing on the rim. It has a rich and exotic bouquet with mint, juniper berries, leather and roasted herbs, quite atypical for 1953 Left Banks that are usually more elegant and less rich. The palate is structured and dense, the acidity lower than expected, unashamed "old-school" claret with what felt like a lot of volatility on the finish like a 1947 Claret. It actually improved in the glass, achieving more harmony and tempering its fieriness on the finish. It left me intrigued as to how this shows between bottle and larger formats. Tasted September 2016." (02/2017)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.