Château Mouton Rothschild 2009
A great success
A Premier Cru Classé, Château Mouton Rothschild comprises just under 200 acres of vines at Pauillac in the Médoc, planted with the varieties typical of the region: Cabernet Sauvignon (83%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Merlot (14%).
Grape varieties: Varietal mix : 88% Cabernet Sauvignon - 12% Merlot
Vinification and ageing:
This First Growth benefits from exceptionally favourable natural conditions, in the quality of the soil, the position of its vines and their exposure to the sun. Combining a respect for tradition with the latest technology, it receives meticulous attention from grape to bottle from highly skilled winemakers and vinegrowers responsible for each parcel of the estate. After the grapes have been harvested by hand in small open baskets, sorted and vinified in oak vats, the wine is then matured in new oak casks.
The wine has a very deep, almost black colour. The stylish and complex nose displays aromas of bilberry, blackcurrant and blond tobacco that mingle with subtle cedarwood and spice notes. The same refinement and density are to be found on the palate with patrician, well-rounded tannins, revealing remarkable structure and balance right through to the long and opulent finish. A great success for a Mouton Rothschild that will undoubtedly get the utmost out of the exceptional qualities for which the 2009 vintage has already been hailed.
Extremely propitious conditions for the vegetation cycle and the ripening process made the 2009 vintage one of the outstanding successes of recent years.
After a severe winter, spring was marked by violent storms and the early arrival of summer. Flowering occurred around 5 June. July and August were very sunny, with temperatures 1.4° C higher than the average. A fine Indian summer that lasted until October helped to concentrate aroma and flavour in the grapes and encouraged the accumulation of anthocyans. The crop was generally very healthy and harvesting took place between 23 September and 13 October.