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1945 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac

SKU #951342 100 points Decanter

Outer quote mark I almost picked Petit Mouton 2006 because it's at a great stage for drinking right now, but who am I kidding that Mouton 1945 wasn't one of my wines of the year? Of any year. Shared at Versailles with a room full of equally lucky wine lovers, this was a magical bottle that reminded everyone that certain wines stop time, and stand for something more important than pleasure. Crushed strawberries, smoked violets, cinnamon, saffron, truffle, bacon... unforgettable. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A consistent 100-point wine (only because my point scale stops at that number), the 1945 Mouton-Rothschild is truly one of the immortal wines of the century. This wine is easily identifiable because of its remarkably exotic, over-ripe, sweet nose of black fruits, coffee, tobacco, mocha, and Asian spices. It is an extraordinarily dense, opulent, and rich wine, with layers of creamy fruit, behaveing more like a 1947 Pomerol than a structured, powerful, and tannic 1945. The wine finishes with a 60+ second display of ripe fruit, extract, and sweet tannin. This remarkably youthful wine (only light amber at the edge) is mindboggling. (RP) Inner quote mark (1/1998)

100 points Vinous

Outer quote mark My second encounter with the legendary 1945 Mouton Rothschild, like the first, benefits from being meticulously sourced. This is almost a rerun of that first bottle, which is a bit like saying you had to watch Hendrix at the Café Wha again. The bouquet is the most audacious ever conjured on the Left Bank. Period. Layers of red fruit infused with its famous trademark eucalyptus scent – it is the purity and delineation after 72-years that beggars belief. The palate sports a viscous texture, so rich and decadent, a turbo-charged Mouton-Rothschild that effortlessly negotiates unrivalled power with a sense of balance and poise. There is so much energy contained in this Mouton-Rothschild that the mind boggles at the thought of its longevity. One of the standout wines of the 20th century, a sui generis, a wine of hypnotic beauty...this bottle of 1945 Mouton-Rothschild makes a mockery of those that foolishly dish out perfect scores to anything that ticks basic criteria. This wine always goes above and beyond sensory satisfaction to achieve something magisterial, orgiastic and intellectual. Tasted at the International Business & Wine First Growth Dinner at the Four Seasons. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

100 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Wine doesn't get much better than this. From a legendary vintage, this was the best Mouton of the tasting. It started out very minty, but then brown sugar, chocolate, dried plum, tar and cedar notes kicked in to offer a remarkably balanced, complex Bordeaux that was both powerful and elegant. Still full of vitality, with the deep ruby and almost purple color of a much younger wine and enough tannins to last many more years. (PM) Inner quote mark (5/1991)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Remarkable vintage, a famous wine by any standard. The nose was very, very slightly tired but on the palate there was all the vigour and spice I remember from the previous tastings I was lucky enough to experience. Great sweetness – typical of the vintage – and intensity. Just the right side of porty. Essence of ripe claret. 19/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

K&L Notes

100 points Wine Advocate's Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2019: "Medium to deep brick in color, the nose of the 1945 Mouton Rothschild is ATOMIC. It explodes from the glass with the most vibrant, spritely black cherry compote, kirsch and raspberry pie notes you can possibly imagine. This is backed up with beautifully fragrant rose oil, dried lavender, fallen leaves and wild mushroom scents, followed by waves of eucalyptus, cigar box, woodsmoke, incense and dark chocolate coming through as it transforms in the glass over the course of 30-45 minutes. The full-bodied palate is rich, decadent and very densely layered, strutting exquisitely ripe, fine-grained, silt-like tannins. The overall character is paradoxical: at once profoundly mature and yet so jaw-droppingly youthful. If this finish does not bring a tear to your eyes, nothing will."

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