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Mouton Rothschild 1945 (750ML)

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100 VM / 100 RP / 100 DE

This bottle of 1945 Mouton-Rothschild is my fourth encounter and actually showed better than one poured three months earlier that came directly from the château. Ethereal as always on the nose, that distinctive menthol scent is present and correct, and this bottle is perhaps more elegant and almost Burgundian in style. The palate has heavenly balance, quite opulent and velvety, with morello cherry, raspberry preserve, orange pith and a delicate touch of cedar on the never-ending finish. Monumental. Tasted at Koala's 1945 dinner. 

My second encounter with the legendary 1945 Mouton Rothschild, like the first, benefits from being meticulously sourced. This is almost a rerun of that first bottle, which is a bit like saying you had to watch Hendrix at the Café Wha again. The bouquet is the most audacious ever conjured on the Left Bank. Period. Layers of red fruit infused with its famous trademark eucalyptus scent – it is the purity and delineation after 72-years that beggars belief. The palate sports a viscous texture, so rich and decadent, a turbo-charged Mouton-Rothschild that effortlessly negotiates unrivalled power with a sense of balance and poise. There is so much energy contained in this Mouton-Rothschild that the mind boggles at the thought of its longevity. One that standouts wines of the 20th century, a sui generis, a wine of hypnotic beauty...this bottle of 1945 Mouton-Rothschild makes a mockery of those that foolishly dish out perfect scores to anything that ticks basic criteria. This wine always goes above and beyond sensory satisfaction to achieve something magisterial, orgiastic and intellectual. Tasted at the International Business & Wine First Growth Dinner at the Four Seasons. 100 Points. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media (June 2018)

A consistent 100-point wine (only because my point scale stops at that number), the 1945 Mouton-Rothschild is truly one of the immortal wines of the century. This wine is easily identifiable because of its remarkably exotic, over-ripe, sweet nose of black fruits, coffee, tobacco, mocha, and Asian spices. It is an extraordinarily dense, opulent, and rich wine, with layers of creamy fruit, behaveing more like a 1947 Pomerol than a structured, powerful, and tannic 1945. The wine finishes with a 60+ second display of ripe fruit, extract, and sweet tannin. This remarkably youthful wine (only light amber at the edge) is mindboggling! Will it last another 50 years? - Robert Parker

First impression is of a sweetness to the nose and the initial attack, crushed strawberries, with a smoky edge. Through the palate the extreme salinity becomes clear, with touches of liquorice, tobacco, cinnamon, truffle and bacon. There is clear power on display even at 74 years old, and the colour remains rich, in fact not so far evolved from the 1982 that we were lucky enough to also drink around the same table. A lot of the taste is upfront, and it doesn’t quite maintain the power of fruit through the mid palate, although the floral edge of violet, with tobacco and menthol steps up to takes its place. The smokiness blossoms over time in the glass, and even when there is no wine left (something that happened way too quickly) the aromatics remain, keeping you rooted to the spot. Ridiculous to give a score to this wine, but there is no other possible note to give but 100/100. Jane Anson - (Sept. 2019)

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