Bordeaux collector alert: This is a rare opportunity to secure a First Growth from Parker’s 99-point 2009 vintage, which he has said “is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982.” This iconic 2009 Mouton-Rothschild from its hallowed perch in Pauillac earned 99 points from Robert Parker. This “Opulently textured and full-bodied,” Mouton-Rothschild boasts “gorgeous levels of crème de cassis, melted licorice, espresso roast and chocolate, it possesses high but sweet, velvety tannins, massive body, and fabulous purity as well as length” according to Parker.
If you’re not an avid Bordeaux collector, and you want to quickly understand what Robert Parker has meant to a $40 billion industry, consider the following: Thirty years ago, the one-time attorney rocked the wine world when he posted six 100-point reviews on 1982 Bordeaux. How have those ratings impacted prices? We purchased a case of 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild in 1985 for $480. Had we been patient enough to hold on to that case, we’d be reselling it today for $14,000 on the auction market!
In 1973, Mouton-Rothschild's epic rise to First Growth fame, sent waves through the wine world. The Baron summed up the 118-year campaign by simply changing the estate’s motto from “First I cannot be; second I do not deign to be; I am Mouton” to Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change. “First I am. Second I was, Mouton does not change.”