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Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Le Petit Mouton gives up notes of sweaty leather, cherry cough syrup and baked blackcurrants with suggestions of damp soil, cedar chest and menthol. Full-bodied, the palate is decadently fruited with a firm, grainy frame and loads of freshness, finishing earthy. 2020-2046
It is a fabulous wine, but if you want to drink something reminiscent of Mouton Rothschild before 2025, it is probably worth taking a look at the 2010 Le Petit Mouton, which seems to be going from strength to strength at this estate. This wine has 14% natural alcohol because there is more Merlot in it. (Merlot is riper and ferments into slightly higher alcohol than Cabernet Sauvignon.) This wine represents 26% of the crop. The creme de cassis character is also present, along with tobacco leaf, cedar, and a more evolved, chocolaty, spicy note. Opulent, fleshy and round, it should drink well for two decades.
This is clearly the best second wine that Mouton has ever made. Truly superb with blackberries and currants on the nose. Full body, with super velvety tannins. The length is so wonderful and delicious. Dense yet super balanced. Hard not to drink now. Better in 2018.
16 Drink 2020-2030
Tasted 17 Feb: Very dark. Big spicy nose. Some slight green notes - a bit pinched. Lots of tannin here! Maybe second wines will be a little disappointing in 2010? Raw fruit.
Tasted 8 Apr: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. A slightly green note arising, and quite slim on the palate. Fresh and easy and certainly no excess of tannin on the basis of this sample. An easy wine that seems much less ambitious than the other 'seconds of the firsts'. Sweet on the finish. Then a little inky. Overall much softer than the earlier sample. (Score: 16 15-22)
Rich aromas of cassis and mocha chocolate, explosive, even exotic, with firm tannins to back it up, will give great pleasure. Drink 2015-25.
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. Is this best Le Petit Mouton ever? The 2010 has a very ripe powerful bouquet with blackberry, apricot, cedar and peppermint that shows a lot of vigour and what you might call passion. This well balanced with fine tannins, a superb line of acidity and cohesion. This is not the most concentrated 2010 Pauillac but it is very focused and full of energy. To answer the question posed at the beginning of the tasting notes...yes. Tasted January 2014.
A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot, this may be finest second wine Mouton Rothschild has yet produced. The selection process is unquestionably severe, and the 2010 Le Petit Mouton is even higher in alcohol than the grand vin. Abundant cassis, supple tannins and more near-term pleasure can be found in this full-bodied, rich, impressively endowed effort. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.
The Le Petit Mouton has a very pure, quite intense bouquet with expressive Cabernet Sauvignon: scents of blackberry, cassis and crushed violets - almost Margaux like in personality. The palate is medium-bodied with velvety smooth tannins. Black shifts to red fruits here with wild strawberry and raspberry notes, leading to a harmonious sensual finish. Very fine. Tasted November 2012.
Tasted from the final blend that was done three months ago. A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the Petit Mouton is very focused and quite luscious on the nose, with scents of bright red cherries, crushed strawberry and vanilla. You can feel the sharpness of acidity on the entry that lends the wine good tension, powdery tannins towards the fresh blackcurrant finish. Le Petit Mouton continues to be not so Petit anymore. Drink 2014-2022. Tasted March 2011.
This is really exceptional with beautiful chocolate and blackberry character. It's full and velvety with gorgeous ripe tannins. Loving this. Wonderful richness and length