Château Mouton Rothschild 2016 - A.O.C Pauillac
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The 2016 Mouton Rothschild is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, with the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot vinified together. It has a very deep purple-black color and slowly slides out of the glass with spicy notes of Sichuan pepper, cloves and cinnamon stick giving way to a core of perfumed black fruits and florals—blackcurrant cordial, candied violets, blackberry compote, rose hips and black plums—plus suggestions of espresso, damp soil, tar and beef drippings. Medium-bodied, the palate is very firmly structured and jam-packed with latent energy about to burst, offering superbly ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness to support the intense floral and black fruit layers and finishing very long and very minerally. Powerful, profound wine.
points on 100
The rich fruit in this wine nearly envelops the tannins. Flavors of black plums, blackberries and blueberries meld with intense acidity to mask the power and concentration of the polished tannins. With this structure, will age for many, many years. Do not drink before 2026.
points on 100
A generous, pure and lush ball of Cabernet, with wave after wave of unadulterated cassis and blackberry puree flavors rolling through. Features notes of roasted apple wood and sweet tobacco, offset by a long tug of sweet earth, but that's all background music to the impressive core of fruit, which steams along like a cruise ship with enough stores in reserve to go around the world twice without stopping. Best from 2025 through 2045.
points on 100
Dark ruby, purple color. Aromas of blackcurrants, black truffle, crushed stone, licorice and hints of tar. Full-bodied, deep and vertical on the palate, drawing you in and down. The structure is very tannic and powerful, yet the tannins are folded into the wine. One of the most powerful Moutons ever for me. Try after 2027.
points on 100
Exceptional crimson. Real lift and transparency. Quite a soaring dry style with great texture and refreshment. Very strong style statement. Infusion of Cabernet. A sort of amalgam of cassis and tar in that very Mouton way but with 21st-century lift and transparency. Quite brave in a way. Bone dry and utterly embryonic compared with most of the 2016s (with the notable exception of Las Cases).
points on 20


The Château Mouton Rothschild has 84 hectares of vines in the north-west of Bordeaux, on the edge of the Medoc peninsula itself, as its name indicates, in medio aquae, caught in between the waters: in the East the estuary of the Gironde, in the West the Atlantic Ocean. The Médoc vineyard, which dates back to Roman times, currently has an area of approximately 16,500 hectares. It is planted on a narrow strip of land that mesures 80 km long and 5 to 10km wide, close to the river which irrigates it in depth and moderates the differences in temperature. Backed by the northern tip of the Landes forest, it enjoys the mild ocean climate while being protected from its excesses. 

Make Mouton a world of art and beauty: the ambition is there, everywhere visible.

As early as the year 1924, Baron Philippe wanted to assert the role and the responsibility of the owners of great wines in the face of the omnipotence of the Bordeaux wine trade, practicing the integral bottling at the château - whereas the wine had until then been delivered in barrels to traders. This decision, which was soon adapted by every other Château, required increased storage capacity on the spot and was therefore at the origin of the construction in 1926, the spectacular "Grand Chai" Mouton, designed by the architect Charles Siclis.

In the cellars

The new Mouton Rothschild vat started an ambitious stage in the history of the estate. Adding high technical quality to their vats, it remains faithful at the same time to the architectural style and building materials of the Medoc. About seventy meters long, it was built on two levels connected by elegant metal pillars. It harmoniously combines wood and steel, while conforming to the forty- four traditional "moutonesque" oak vats, to which are added twenty stainless steel vats. The gravity vat of high technical quality starts a new era in the history of Mouton.

It is 100 meters long and 25 meters wide, this avant-garde building can house up to 1000 oak barrels, aligned on one level. It immediately captures the visitors attention with its architectural splendor. "An avant-garde building, the Grand Chai immediately captures the visitor with its architectural splendor." The internal temperature is natural: the Grand Chai, oriented North-South, is equipped with small windows allowing fresh air to enter, to accelerate the precipitation of suspended sediments in the wine. After six months in this Chai said "first year", the barrels are lowered in the second year Chai, where the wine is still stored for one year before being bottled.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Mouton-Rothschild
  • Type of wine
    First Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    84 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    40 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    100% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2026 and 2070
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Pauillac is made with a vineyard that has an area of 84 hectares by Château Mouton-Rothschild. The average age of the vines is 40 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 20 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 100% of new barrels.


The Pauillac appellation is located on the left bank of the Gironde and brings together exceptional climatic and geological conditions, which allows it to produce very great wines. Capital of the Médoc viticole, the port city of Pauillac gave its name to the appellation. The AOC can boast of having three wines in the first five classified growths of 1855: Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. On its 1,200 ha of vines, Pauillac produces 54,000 hl of red wines each year. Note that Mouton-Rothschild also produces a white wine.
Pauillac is a jewel of the Médoc, it indeed has 18 classified growths which represent 85% of its production. Perched on a beautiful rump of gravels, its terroir is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon assembled with Merlot and to a lesser extent with Petit Verdot and Malbec.