Le Petit Mouton, Pauillac
    Château Mouton Rothschild

    Le Petit Mouton, Pauillac,

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    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.

    Maturity:
    Keep
    ABV:
    13.5%
    94/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Slate and grip, clear again here that this is not the most exuberant of vintages, it's classical with a serious backbone. That doesn't mean that Petit Mouton isn't out to make you happy, and you can expect plenty of black chocolate, damson, black cherry, signature cocoa bean, espresso and salted cracker, but the tannins are pretty fierce. Harvest September 7 to 30 (but 2/3 of grapes coming in after September 21), 39% of production.
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2024
    91-93/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2023 Le Petit-Mouton is aged in 50% new oak. It has an intense nose, mainly black fruit commingling with briar and light estuarine scents. Perhaps the aromatics feel a bit "secretive" at present. The palate is medium-bodied with a concentrated entry. This is a voluminous and powerful Pauillac for the vintage, driven by that 79% Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s a fine bitter edge on the finish; give this Le Petit Mouton three to five years in bottle.
    Date Reviewed:
    04/2024

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    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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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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