The Famous Château Mouton Rothschild Wine
Chateau Mouton Rothschild: First Growth 1855; this one in 1973
We came here after lunch…it was more like we rushed here after eating and we were still ten minutes late. This is the sixth winery that we have visited.
The Rothschild Family is a big name in the wine industry. Every serious wine drinker knows the name and the quality behind it. The Chateau Rothschild is a First Growth from 1855, one of the best wineries in Bordeaux. This winery was evaluated as a first growth in 1973, which is subject to change, unlike the 1855 classifications. They have transplanted some of their grapes to South America, where people can find their wines at more reasonable prices.
The tour at this winery was novel in the sense that it was the first tour we did with other people. Normally just Alex and I go on a tour, which is quite special. This time there were about 10-13 people with our tour guide, Marion. The chateau is huge! The family is quite rich, some of them with titles, such as Baron and Baroness, which are comparable to the Dato Sri or the Tan Sri titles in Malaysia. They produce a lot of wine under the label “Mouton Rothschild” and from other chateaus. We saw the yard outside of the vat house. We also saw an old wine cellar that stored the older vintages. It had a musty smell. There is a coat of arm with a ram on it. The reason behind it was that the first owner was an Aries in the Zodiac sign.
The chateau has a lot of art, which is so great to look at. The current owner, Baroness Philippine, loves art. She was also an actress. They have quite an interesting history with famous artists, such as Picasso and Dali. When Picasso died, this chateau dedicated a wine to him, the 1973 vintage. Prince Charles from England also has an art label. Sometimes they even put the artwork on the wine bottles. Personally I’m not a fan of the art on the bottle, but they are famous and well-known pieces. I’m more interested in what’s inside the bottle.
Although it is one of the best chateaus in the world, I am not a huge fan of the flavor profile of the wines.
We had a two hour tour of the entire chateau and tasted three different wines. The last wine was from the Mouton Rothschild label. Marion told us that the wine was fresh from the barrel, never bottled. However, I did not like the taste very much.
Still, we bought six bottles of wine from them. For dinner Marion recommended that we try Café Lavinal. We dropped off all of our wines at the hotel before going to dinner—we had to make sure that the heat did not affect the wines. At dinner we had an amazing salmon tartare! The fish cracker was pan seared, which was also nice. Unfortunately the veal was a bit hard and chewy. I am so glad I had the salmon tartare. That was a treat, and a wonderful end to another amazing day in Bordeaux.