How much is a vertical of Mouton Rothschild worth?

Château Mouton Rothschild’s labels are annually illustrated by a renowned artist, making it particularly suited to be sold as a vertical. This type of lot, which is highly prized by wealthy buyers, can reach record prices on auction.

Vertical Mouton RothschildA vintage vertical of the same wine is a rare and sought-after collection item. Many collectors will therefore patiently collect different vintages of the same wine, hoping to eventually profit from the resale of the batch as a whole.

However, not all wines are suited to be sold as a vertical. Mouton Rothschild and Yquem in Bordeaux are particularly coveted, with Domaine de la Romanée Conti in Burgundy recently joining this elite list.

It’s not easy to establish an estimate for these kinds of lots! A vertical consisting of the 1945 to 2008 Mouton Rothschild was recently sold on auction at Christie’s in Amsterdam, reaching a price of €51,750. This result is significantly lower compared to that achieved by a similar batch (1945 to 2005), sold for €80,500 in Paris in September 2011 by the same auction house.

While the latter only ranged to the 2005 vintage, it included two rarities. The 1978 vintage was bottled with one of two artworks by artist Riopelle and both bottles were included in this vertical.

In 1993, American censorship deemed the Balthus drawing of that year inappropriate, forcing Mouton’s owners to create a specific label for the US market. Both of these were also included.

This lot was furthermore sold before the downward trend of Mouton Rothschild sales, which began in the fourth quarter of 2011. This decline is directly related to the lower demand of Lafite Rothschild wines.

However, these prices are not purely a result of market trends, but also of the condition of the bottles. Prices are also closely related to the presence of wealthy bidders willing to pay a premium for a vertical collection. For example, a similar lot covering the 1945 to 2008 vintages was not sold in April 2011 in Cannes.

When tasted, the majority of these Mouton Rothschild vintages are opulent and rich, with great depth, highlighted by remarkable aromatic complexity, ranging from blackcurrants and roasted coffee, to mint and leather.

Wine Vintage iDealwine estimate Trend
Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 €8,712 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1946 €3,184 =
Château Mouton Rothschild 1947 €2,087 € +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1948 €1,133 =
Château Mouton Rothschild 1949 €2,202 =
Château Mouton Rothschild 1950 €641 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1951 €1,106 =
Château Mouton Rothschild 1952 €524
Château Mouton Rothschild 1953 €831
Château Mouton Rothschild 1954 €1,148 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1955 €858 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1956 €874 =
Château Mouton Rothschild 1957 €483
Château Mouton Rothschild 1958 €816 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1959 €1,492
Château Mouton Rothschild 1960 €449 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1961 €1,449
Château Mouton Rothschild 1962 €417
Château Mouton Rothschild 1963 €943 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1964 €350 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1965 €414 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1966 €321
Château Mouton Rothschild 1967 €126
Château Mouton Rothschild 1968 €291 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1969 €175 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1970 €199
Château Mouton Rothschild 1971 €219 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1972 €240
Château Mouton Rothschild 1973 €204
Château Mouton Rothschild 1974 €223
Château Mouton Rothschild 1975 €195
Château Mouton Rothschild 1976 €189
Château Mouton Rothschild 1977 €177 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1978 €144
Château Mouton Rothschild 1979 €168
Château Mouton Rothschild 1980 €174
Château Mouton Rothschild 1981 €198
Château Mouton Rothschild 1982 €911
Château Mouton Rothschild 1983 €204
Château Mouton Rothschild 1984 €211
Château Mouton Rothschild 1985 €219
Château Mouton Rothschild 1986 €520
Château Mouton Rothschild 1987 €216
Château Mouton Rothschild 1988 €216
Château Mouton Rothschild 1989 €268
Château Mouton Rothschild 1990 €248
Château Mouton Rothschild 1991 €220
Château Mouton Rothschild 1992 €229
Château Mouton Rothschild 1993 €222
Château Mouton Rothschild 1994 €251
Château Mouton Rothschild 1995 €320
Château Mouton Rothschild 1996 €340
Château Mouton Rothschild 1997 €280 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 1998 €299
Château Mouton Rothschild 1999 €253
Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 €850
Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 €276
Château Mouton Rothschild 2002 €268
Château Mouton Rothschild 2003 €299
Château Mouton Rothschild 2004 €275
Château Mouton Rothschild 2005 €485
Château Mouton Rothschild 2006 €418
Château Mouton Rothschild 2007 €306 +
Château Mouton Rothschild 2008 €542
Total €42,495

 

Translated from the original French article written by Angelique de Lencquesaing for iDealwine

 

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