Château Mouton-Rothschild 1er Cru Classe 1982

In pushing the boundaries making Yarra Yerings Dry Red No.1 it was essential that we explored great Bordeaux. Mouton was regularly on the list. Now we have the chance to see just how well those bold 1982’s with there insane scores have aged and if the critics got it right!

The question? Which of the 1982 1st Growths will reign supreme? Margaux? Latour? Mouton-Rothschild?

Cabernet Sauvignon 85% Cabernet Franc 8% Merlot 7%


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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

The Label

Best known as a film director, but also a boxer, art lover, writer, horsetrainer, big-game hunter and actor, John Huston (1906-1987) was a talented painter from an early age. His dedication: “In celebration of my beloved friend Baron Philippe’s sixtieth harvest at Mouton”, bears witness both to his affection for the man and his attachment to a place that clearly enchanted him.

His watercolour for the Mouton Rothschild 1982 label is one of the last pictures he ever painted. Sensual, graceful, using deep, warm colours, it returns in representational style to the symbolic theme of the Ram, leaping in dionysiac joy, accompanied by its inseparable companions, the sun and the vine.

Flash Back!

Double Exposed shots of Mouton’s first year barrel Chai with the winery crew in Moldova from 1996.

The Vintage

The winter of 1982 was unusually mild: temperatures in January, February and March were somewhat higher than average and there was less rainfall than usual.

The vegetation cycle began rapidly, with budbreak for the three red grape varieties starting very evenly on 30 March. The warm weather continued in April and May, with some welcome rain in June.

Flowering took place between 30 May and 3 June depending on the variety, almost 12 days earlier than the average. Dry weather continued in July, heatwave conditions bringing a violent storm on 30 July. Fortunately August, while remaining fine, was not excessively hot; showers in the first week were extremely beneficial for the vines.

The precocity observed during flowering was attenuated in early summer as maturation was slowed by high temperatures. Veraison began in the first days of August.

The grapes were in absolutely outstanding condition, maturing in ideal conditions in September and raising hopes of a very fine vintage.

Harvest – 15 to 24 September

Tasting notes from the winery – The colour is dense and deep with a slightly amber tint, while the nose reveals aromas of gingerbread, mint, very ripe fruit, blackcurrant and bilberry, with notes of cinnamon, toast and mocha.

From a firm and silky attack with an elegant tannic structure of velvety, patrician tannins, the wine develops a full, round body with suggestions of liquorice and caramel.

Fresh, stylish, seductive and charming, with notes of chocolate, this is a powerful wine with attractive length.

100 Points

What an amazing red. It's so very youthful with toasted oak, light vanilla, and dark berries such as currants and blueberries. Then it turns to mint. This is so fresh and intensely fruity. It lasts for minutes on your palate with each sip. It is so powerful yet elegant. It will improve for hundreds of years. I would still leave it in my cellar for five or 10 years. If you need to drink it, decant it three to four hours in advance. Tasted 11/2010

James Suckling

100 Points

This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The crème de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Tasted 06/2009

Robert Parker

98 Points

Deep ruby-red with a hint of amber at the rim. Cassis, licorice, minerals, tobacco and cocoa on the complex nose; this has started to develop more tertiary aromas and is less fruit-forward than just a few years ago. The palate shows considerable sweetness and an almost opulent mouthfeel, with blackcurrant and blackberry flavours given lift and clarity by harmonious acidity and complexed by graphite, tobacco and underbrush notes. The extremely long finish features a cool minty note and sweet, ripe tannins, but I also found a hint of astringency at the back that I had not tasted in previous bottles of this wine. A blockbuster wine, and still remarkably young: I can see this improving and lasting for another 40 years. This is a truly monumental wine and the best first growth of 1982, but I found this particular bottle to be a bit less explosive and rich than some other examples I have tried over the years. Tasted 08/2011

Stephen Tanzer

19 Points

Extremely dense blackish garnet. Some evolution at the rim. Really intense, complex and spicy on the nose -- very Mouton! Rich and balsam. Masses of density on the palate and still some tannin in evidence. Gunmetal. A really slow burner. Tasted 10/2016

Jancis Robinson

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, France