Le Petit Mouton, Pauillac
Château Mouton Rothschild

Le Petit Mouton, Pauillac,



Le Petit Mouton, Pauillac, 2015

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Le Petit Mouton, Pauillac, 2015

The Mouton range was an absolute delight to taste this year. Philippe Dhalluin and his team have produced some sumptuous, lavishly fruited wines that are texturally very alluring. The Petit Mouton, produced from 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc is initially impressive with notes of herbs, violets, crème de mûre, graphite and lots of wood notes. The palate continues with impressive fruit concentration. Griotte cherry, cassis and damsons flavours linger in the mouth. It is all very impressive; our only slight reservation is a slight dryness on the finish.

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
A more classical Petit Mouton than in recent vintages but it delivers Pauillac typicity coupled with grilled blackberry and rapsberry fruits, and the velvety tannins typical of this wine. Has a more serious side than in many vintages, but it doesn't lose that happy swagger and gourmet black chocolate and liqourice character. Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy director, yields relatively normal, after no mildew. One of the few don't miss 2nd wines of the year, and one that will be ready to drink within 4 to 6 years. 50% new oak.
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 0.5% Petit Verdot, harvested from 25 September to 6 October, the 2021 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild is aging in 50% new oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts with notes of red and black currant preserves, black cherries, and raspberry leaves, plus wafts of tobacco leaf, wild sage, and graphite. Light to medium-bodied, the palate offers lots of bright, expressive red and black fruits with a chewy texture and refreshing acidity, finishing with a skip in its step. pH 3.73. IPT 63.
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Neal Martin, Vinous
As I found out of barrel, the 2021 Le Petit Mouton has a pronounced graphite/pencil box-scented bouquet that makes it very classic in style. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins for a Deuxième Vin and fine salinity—a Le Petit Mouton with grip and backbone. There’s maybe just a little hardness to contend with toward the finish? Give this two or three years in bottle.
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Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild

Viticulture at the Mouton estate dates back to the early 18th century when Joseph de Brane purchased the estate from the Segur family. The wines’ reputation grew, but following the sale to a Parisian banker, Isaac Thuret, the estate’s fortunes took a turn for the worse. The estate gradually fell into a state of disrepair. Although Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild purchased the estate in 1853, it was too late to turn the estate around in time for the 1855 classification. Originally entered as a 2nd growth, years of investment by the Rothschild family saw the property elevated to 1st growth status in 1973.

There are 75 hectares rising to an altitude of 40 metres just to the north of Pauillac. Plantings are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), with 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and just 2% Petit Verdot. The estate also produces a white wine, Aile d’Argent from their plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Herve Berland, responsible for much of the estate’s progress over the past decade has recently moved to Chateau Montrose, but Philippe Dhalluin remains in charge of the cellar and will no doubt continue to push the qualitative bar ever higher.

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