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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2003
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003
(search item no. 88896)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $529.00

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
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 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:

It is well-known that each year since 1945 a great painter has illustrated the Château Mouton Rothschild label. The 2003 vintage is an exception, however, marking the 150th anniversary of Mouton's entry into the family to which it has since belonged without interruption for five generations. Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has therefore decided to depart from tradition by devoting the entire label to Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild (1812-1870), her direct ancestor from the English branch of the family who acquired the Mouton estate on 11 May 1853.

Baron Nathaniel is depicted on the label in a period photograph. The background shows part of the deed of sale. This document, carefully preserved in the Mouton archives, marks the beginning of a long love story between the Rothschilds and the great wines of Bordeaux.

The wine has an intense, vivid color with a lovely violet tint. The nose opens rapidly on very rich aromas, combining juicy ripe fruit, blackberry and crushed blackcurrant with more complex notes of fine oak that usher in aromas of vanilla, mocha and cedarwood.

Full on the palate, showing roundness and refinement on nicely present, stylish and well-rounded tannins, it mingles very ripe, almost jammy fruit with touches of toast, caramel and spice, building to a highly expressive finish that has charm, power and length. The style of this Mouton strikes a fine balance between fruit, freshness and elegance.

My Notes:

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."