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When Philippe mentioned that he had bought a couple of bottles of Mouton Rothschild 1945 I saw a twinkle in his eye and heard excitement in his voice. Mouton Rothschild is one of the best French chateaux (1er cru classé Pauillac) and 1945 is one of the best vintages of the 20th century, but this wine seemed especially coveted.
The wines arrived at SoDivin. I noted the condition of each bottle and saw toward the top of the label that “année de la victoire” (victory year) is written. 1945, an exceptional vintage to end the 2nd world war. Most of the time when the French talk about the 1945 vintage they mention what a morale booster it was to have such a great vintage after living through several years of wartime conditions. Even some other vintages during the war were good but most chateaux didn’t have the manpower nor the funds to make the most of the good grapes. The 1945 vintage is a symbol of the end of difficult years, and an exceptional vintage in itself.
As I added this wine to our website and read all of the commentaries from the experts it became very clear why Philippe was so happy to finally have this wine in the SoDivin cellar. Every expert ranked it 100/100 and Michael Broadbent gave it an unheard of 6/5. Wine Spectator says they only gave it 100/100 because they can’t go any higher. The consensus seems to be that this wine may last another 50 years. Here is what the experts say about the 1945 Mouton Rothschild :
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?
6/5 (6-2001) Yes, six stars!
The power and spiciness surges out of the glass like a sudden eruption of Mount Etna : cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger. There is simply no other wine like it. Its taste is a component of smell, its fragrance is reflected on the palate. Still lovely, still vivacious. Seemingly tireless – indeed another half century anticipated.
Great sheen and lightening now but great shaded ruby. Chocolate and rich rum toffees on the nose – halfway to a Vin Doux Naturel – almost rancio! Cleans up in the glass. Really sweet and intense and you can really see the relation with 1961 – a great hot concentrated vintage. With amazing depth. Made at the end of the war with Philippe in his prime. Very clean but amazingly rich and intense. Life and zest and lilies and treacle but great energy. So long and rich and peacock’s tail. So different from the elegance of the 1953 Lafite and much richer than the Latour 1961.
All 190 of the bottles were bought as they were put on the market and they haven’t moved since. Stored in an excellent cellar, they are in perfect condition.
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Valentine’s Day is just a couple of days away. No matter what your opinion is of Valentine’s Day (and let’s admit that this holiday elicits many different reactions in many different people such as excitement, joy, dread, or indifference) perhaps the best strategy is to think of it in its most general terms: an occasion to celebrate the people in your life whom you love. In any case, it’s a good excuse to have a celebration, open a good bottle of wine and enjoy good company.
To your love, consider giving a grand cru wine as your Valentine gift: Mouton Rothschild, Ducru Beaucaillou or the wine with the heart already on the label, Calon Ségur. Or a fine Champagne such as Dom Perignon, Moët, Bollinger, etc. It shows good taste, creates a convivial atmosphere and can mark the occasion in a unique way. Choose a bottle from a significant year to the both of you: wedding anniversary, the year you met, a child’s birth, etc.
Even if you are single there is no need to dismiss Valentine’s Day as a fluffy, romantic holiday. It is really fun to spend Valentine’s Day amongst friends. Invite good friends over, cook a good, simple dinner and perhaps most importantly, open a few good bottles of wine. With good wine flowing, amongst good friends your Valentine’s Day is guaranteed to be fun and memorable.