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    1 037
  • Producer ranking ?

    40
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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The Story

Produced from an exceptional terroir, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild is the second wine of Château Mouton Rothschild.

Made with grapes from selected younger vines in the illustrious First Growth vineyard, it is harvested, vinified and bottled with the same scrupulous attention to detail. Harvested in small, open baskets, fermented in the Mouton oak vats, matured in oak barrels in the traditional way, all the conditions are met for the wine to express the elegance and richness of a great Pauillac.

In order to link the second wine more closely with its famous elder, illustrated by great artists since 1945, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has chosen a label for Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild inspired by a drawing by the famous poster artist Jean Carlu.

A variation on the theme of the vine, the powerfully coloured drawing combines sensual shape with the clean geometries of the Art Deco style. It was made in 1927, following the artist’s design in the same period for the label for Château Mouton Rothschild 1924.
The first vintage, 1993, was called Le Second Vin de Mouton Rothschild, but it has borne its definitive name (which has a family connotation, Petit Mouton being the name of Baroness Philippine’s residence in the heart of the estate) since the following year, 1994.

 

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Vintage 2020

In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.

The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".

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Petit Mouton – 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. 13.1% alcohol. Second wine to Mouton Rothschild. Intense blackcurrants on the nose, fresh and vibrant on the palate, succulent, complex, bright acidity and meaty finish. Splendid performance. 93-94p.

  • 94p

Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Very expressive nose, dark berries, elderberries and blackcurrant spurs, discreet floral hints, subtle oak, fine toasting aroma and hints of graphite, discreet oriental spices. On the palate well structured with elegant body, excellent length, fine tension and lingering fruit in the finish. A with power and finesse, freshness and great precision. 

  • 95p
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Pauillac, Bordeaux

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