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1959 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac

SKU #950726 100 points James Suckling

 Another perfect bottle. This has been a long-time favorite with mint and fresh basil, as well as currants and dried fruits on the nose. It turns to dried flowers. Full-bodied with spices, berries, and light eucalyptus character. Christmas cake too. Full body with velvety tannins. This bottle was almost mid-shoulder height, but it was a perfect wine.  (3/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I am always blown away by the 1959 Mouton, one of the greatest Moutons made in the last thirty-five years. Every time I have this wine it is undeniable that Mouton made a richer, more persuasive wine in 1959 than in 1961. Astonishingly young and unevolved, with a black/purple color, the wine exhibits a youthful nose of cassis, minerals, and new oak. It is exceptionally powerful and super-extracted, with the fruit supported by high levels of tannin and some lusty quantities of alcohol. This mammoth, full-bodied Mouton-Rothschild should continue to evolve for another 20-30 years. It may well be a 100-year wine! (RP)  (1/1998)

98 points Wine Spectator

 A poetic wine that will enthrall any wine lover. Dark garnet in color, it offers an unbelievable nose, with stylish, minty cassis aromas that keep developing in the glass and supple, minty eucalyptus flavors that are beautifully integrated. Powerful yet seductive; this great wine should hold for years, but why wait to drink something that's already perfect? (PM)  (5/1991)

Jancis Robinson

 Wonderfully sweet but this still seemed so youthful! Admittedly it had been in the decanter only an hour or two but it's a brooding hulk that still has masses to give. Glorious but much more structured than the 1961, long decanted, served alongside. 20/20 Points (JR)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

Mouton-Rothschild, always in the forefront of the greatest wines of Bordeaux, was the first estate to begin complete chateau-bottling of the harvest -- a historic step initiated in 1924 by the late Philippe de Rothschild. It is the only chateau in the Classification of 1855 to achieve reclassification. In 1973, it was finally moved from a second growth to a first. 99 points from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind in Pauillac, an ex-chateau bottle that represents one of the greatest wines of the vintage, the bouquet just rivets you to the spot. Wave after wave of delectable aromas: black cherries, bergamot, cedar-wood, sandalwood, wild mint and a hint of juniper all with stunning definition. The palate is medium-bodied: the fission of energy palpable in the mouth, ditto the filigree tannins that have an almost unnerving sense of focus. Quintessential Pauillac in every way. This ’59 reminds me of the Mouton ’53 although without quite the unerring sense of natural charm. Yet the candied, almost sorbet like finish is to die for. The ’59 is one of the greatest wines from this estate and should last another couple of decades subject to provenance. Magisterial. Tasted December 2009."


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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 Médoc 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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- 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.