Mouton Rothschild 2013 – £2,470, 12×75 or £1,235, 6×75 – 92-94 WA
Mouton Rothschild has released their 2013 vintage today at £2,470 for a case of twelve, or £1,235 for a case of six. This represents a compelling price, offering collectors the chance to own a leading First Growth for £205 per bottle. Indeed their 2013 release price is 16% cheaper than the 2012s current market price. We considered Mouton to be the pick of the First Growths in 2013 and Neil Martin agrees “I think Philippe has overseen possibly the pick of the First Growths with Chateau Mouton Rothschild”, awarding it 92-94 points, a sentiment shared by James Molesworth who scored it 91-94.

For the avid 2013 agnostic Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild (£3,200, 12×75, £1,600, 6×75) offer a tonic and are leading the way by presenting a discount compared to older vintages; Mouton 2013 is £400 cheaper than their next vintage, comfortably the cheapest in the market. In 2013 Mouton implemented very strict selections resulting in production being down 30% on 2012. Moreover, over the last few years Mouton has been the best performing First Growth and at £2,470 will be very well received by the market and offers an excellent opportunity on release.  To view Lafite 2013 please click here.

2013       £2,470   92-94 WA
2012       £2,800   95-97 WA
2011       £3,600   93-96 WA
2008       £3,150   94+ WA
2007       £2,900   92 WA
2004       £2,900   92+ WA
2002       £2,950   93 WA
2001       £3,000   89 WA

Neil Martin 92-94 points
The Grand Vin is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the latter close to exceptional according to Philippe Dhalluin. It has less new oak (85%) because the new wooden vats impart their own raw woody character. It has a well-defined, classic bouquet that you might describe as “no frills”. It does not have the usual Mouton flamboyance although that is not necessarily a bad thing. The palate is well balanced with clean and mineral-rich black fruit and a pleasant salty character towards the finish. Classic in style, this is a very fine Mouton with real panache.

James Molesworth 91–94 points
Shows solid flesh from the start, with plum paste notes that belie the vintage, bolstered by dark currant, crushed cherry and raspberry coulis flavors. Offers lots of anise and juniper hints through the finish, accented by an echo of licorice snap. Delivers impressive range and depth. Pure. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

James Suckling 92-93 points
Very aromatic and fresh with flowers, currants and cherries. Full to medium body with fine tannins and a bright, fruity finish. I like the way it builds on the palate at the end. Salty, too. 89% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot and 4% cabernet franc.

IG Wines
The nose is aromatic with a good fruit density displaying succulent bramble fruit, blackcurrant, cassis, cherry, raspberry, with added complexity deriving from delightful notes of smoke, white pepper, white chocolate and graphite. On the palate this Mouton is medium to full bodied, with fine tannins, superb balance, a structured, with good depth and a long finish, intriguingly Mouton 2013 has evident and satisfying saline notes.

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