Revel in Rothschild

Woman on Wine with amy reiley

There are few vintners in the world with enough styles to appease any taste preference and budget, but the global spread of Bordeaux’s famed Mouton Rothchild may just allow the great house to fill this rare bill. Most collectors love Rothschild for their esteemed and mind-numbingly costly First Growth, but these days the winery’s offering choices for the working man.

2003 Domaines de Baron’arques
This is one of my absolute favorite wines for the price. It is fresh and lively and ready to drink when released. Although it is full-bodied with dark fruit, licorice and eucalyptus flavors, it has a surprisingly approachable freshness.

Rothschild2002 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild
The “second label” of the famed Mouton Rothschild house, this wine is made primarily from the young vines of Mouton’s esteemed vineyards. A lovely wine, slightly less complex than its big brother, Petit Mouton still offers some of the house’s signature rich fruit and caramel characteristics.

2004 Graves Blanc Baron Philippe
Two of my favorite winespeak words for describing whites would have to be “acidic” and “tropical.” Both words could be used to convey the taste of this Bordeaux blanc. The topper? It’s attainable on any budget.

2003 Saint Estephe Baron Philippe
In red wine, I love color and this wine shows off the best of the red grape’s stain. Classic “claret,” its flavors smack of cherry and mineral. Although it offers a bit of that Bordeaux earthiness, it is still pleasingly approachable.

2003 Mouton Cadet Rouge
Don’t let the price fool you, this is a true Bordeaux blend with all the characteristics collectors love, just made from slightly less expensive and perhaps less expressive grapes. It’s got blackberry and currant flavors, a backbone of tannin and a hint of that Bordeaux earth.

2001 Escudo Rojo
A wine that can be classified as “good” not “great,” I’m featuring it because I believe it showcases what is developing as a classic Chilean style. Fruit-driven in style but no fruit bomb, evolving with earthiness and the freshness of good acidity.

2002 Alma Viva
This is one of Chile’s rising stars. A premium red blend with elegance and body, it is an interesting and sophisticated wine. Its tannins are fine-grained and its flavors mingle berries with spice.


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