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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2002
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2002
(search item no. 94402)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $449.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1989 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
1986 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1983 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1982 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
1970 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1970 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1988 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1991

The wine has a deep and very dense colour, violet shading almost to black. The nose opens on toast and roasted coffee, then with airing reveals floral aromas of violet and lilac, moving on to blackcurrant, blackberry and black cherry. Very harmonious on the palate, it strikes a perfect balance between well-structured tannins, succulent yet firm, and a rush of flavours in which vanilla, spice and a touch of pepper mingle with blackcurrant and fresh red fruit. The long finish, candid and generous, reveals a powerful, full-bodied and highly expressive Pauillac.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Chateau Mouton Rothschild:

  • 1996 (search item no. 19565)

About Chateau Mouton Rothschild:

Château Mouton Rothschild, a Premier Cru Classé from the Bordeaux region and one of the world's greatest wines, is owned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. The estate includes 205 acres of vines at Pauillac planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Merlot (11%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%).

In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild bought Château Brane-Mouton. In 1922, his great-grandson Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) decided to take the future of the estate into his own hands. His 65 years at Mouton bear witness to the strength of his personality, his spirit of enterprise and his sense of innovation.

In 1922, he was the first to introduce château bottling. In 1926, he built the famous Grand Chai, the majestic 100-meter first year cellar, which has become a major attraction for visitors to Mouton. 1945 marked the start of a fascinating collection of works of art, created every year for the Mouton label by famous painters. In 1973, after a twenty-year battle, Baron Philippe obtained a revision of the 1855 classification and Mouton was officially recognized as a First Growth.

In 1988, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild succeeded her father Baron Philippe. She has become the guarantor of the quality of an illustrious wine whose motto proudly proclaims, "First I am, second I was, I Mouton do not change."