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Château Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux France

After we finished at Lynch Bages, we went on to one of the highlights of the trip. This was the top end Bordeaux winery of Château Mouton Rothschild. Wines from Château Mouton Rothschild can sell for $1800 or more a bottle. That's over $400 a glass. We'd visited a tiny home-farmer winery earlier in the day, and now it was time to see what the top end winery was like.

Château Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux France This is definitely a winery that you need a contact in order to enter. If you were to drive up to the winery itself, their small entry area solely sells a few posters and items. They do not have any bottles of wine for sale nor tastings for offer.

The winery was undergoing improvements so we were not able to see the winery operations area. They did bring up a 2010 barrel sample for us. It was at 14% alcohol - higher than normal for Mouton. They use 50 wooden fermentation tanks then barrel age it for 18 months. It had a rich chocolate / mocha aroma, with black currant, cassis, black fruits, fresh fruit, and spices. They use 94% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot - a very unusual blend. They use 100% new barrels each year.

They get about 30 hectaliters per acre. A person fortunately enough to own one of these bottles should wait at least 10-12 years before drinking it; the wine can easily age 50 years. Mouton Rothschild has 200 acres of vines. Some are 100+ year old vines. They have 40 people caring for the vines on their three properties.

We went out into the vineyards and our guide encouraged us to taste the nearly ripe grapes. We also did in-mouth blending of the varieties :) They explained that only specific grapes are allowed to be grown in Bordeaux.

Red varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot
Malbec
Carmenere

Most of the top end Bordeaux wineries make ONE red wine each year, a blend of the top three grapes with maybe a hint of Petit Verdot in it. It is much rarer for a winery to also make a white wine. If they do, it must be made using these grapes:

White Varieties:
Semillon
Saugivnon Blanc
Muscadelle
Colombard
Mauzac
Merlot Blanc
Ondenc
Ugni Blanc

We had great fun hanging out in the vineyards of Château Mouton Rothschild, and then eventually headed out.

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