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One of the most famous estate in Bordeaux, it was awarded second growth status in the original classification in 1855. This was amended in 1973 when the powerful Rothschild family applied enough pressure to be elevated to first growth. Controversial as this is, Mouton Rothschild are famous for producing rich, opulent wines with concentrated aromas and complex flavours. Unlike many other estates, they still ferment their wines in traditional open oak casks.
The 1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild has flavours of ripe blackberries and raspberry on the nose. A touch of Cabernet Franc adds notes of acacia and hawthorn, which mingle with aromatic savoury herbs. The palate is softer than other vintages and the wine has tannins that have fully ripened with age. While elegant and rather delicate in flavour, the finish shows great power and complexity.
The 1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild is an ideal match to delicate dishes such as veal or quail.