Le Petit Mouton 2011


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Tasting Notes

The dark ruby-hued 2011 Le Petit Mouton reveals foresty, floral, and berry fruit notes, medium body, and a one-dimensional, but pleasant style. Consume it over the next 10-15 years.

Score: 87Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

The 2011 Le Petit Mouton (70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot) exhibits attractive, fresh black currant fruit intermixed with notions of forest floor, licorice and wood smoke. It is a lovely, round, fresh wine to drink in its first decade of life.

Mouton Rothschild harvested between September 12-26, producing a final blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. One of the vintage's great wines, it is a candidate for wine of the vintage. According to administrator Philippe Dalhuin, only 54% of the production went into the grand vin.

Score: 87/89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The Le Petit Mouton 2011 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot and includes some plots once destined for the Grand Vin. Tasted two weeks apart, the first sample in March 2012 has an opulent bouquet for the vintage with luscious cassis and raspberry aromas, struck through with creamy new oak (perhaps from the 60% new oak.) The second is April is less extrovert but demonstrates better refinement. The palate has a sharp entry; indeed it is quite an angular primeur sample although there is patently a lot of fruit concentration. It has a fine graphite and bay leaf finish with a pointed citric edge. This is a tensile Le Petit Mouton, not exhibiting weight or power but more precision and Pauillac austerity. There is nothing wrong with that. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

A wine with blueberry and currant character, and very firm tannins. It's full-bodied, with integrated tannins and a beautiful finish. Love the hazelnut and berry character. Second wine of Mouton. Better after 2019.

Score: 91James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014

This is the second wine of Mouton Rothschild. In recent vintages it has benefited enormously from the relegation of much fruit that would previously have been used for the Grand Vin. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot this year. An exotic nose with damson jam and asian spices. This is a voluptuous and seductive second wine with a creamy, polished texture and lots of cassis fruit with hints of cloves, leather and vanilla. Very much a junior version of Mouton itself.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, March 2012

There is a light fragrant red fruited charm on the nose with the palate having more redcurrants than black fruits. The freshness on the mid palate is backed by richer black fruits but is the red fruited influence that comes through refreshing the finish.

Score: 87/90Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

Score: 91Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Stunning black fruits nose both firm (Cabernet) and seductive (Merlot), good structure over the lush fruit. Drink 2014-2025.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012

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