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Le Petit Mouton 2019

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

From: Bordeaux 2019: The Southwold Tasting (Feb 2023)

The 2019 Le Petit Mouton has an expressive nose, a mixture of red and black fruit, gravel, cedar and tobacco, quite Saint-Julien in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, quite smooth in texture, modest depth and maybe just missing some grip towards the finish. Nicely balanced, this Deuxième Vin should drink well for 15-20 years. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.

- By Neal Martin on January 2023

Drink 2025-2040

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Southwold), February 2023

The 2019 Le Petit Mouton is notably serious this year, offering up a rich bouquet of minty berries, cherries, licorice and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a generous core of fruit, youthfully chewy tannins and a long, sapid finish, it will reward a bit of bottle age. Drink 2025-2045.

William Kelley, RobertParker.com (April 2022), April 2022

A luscious red with redcurrant, chocolate, plum and hazelnut. Rather opulent on the nose. Full-bodied and very structured with chewy tannins that are intense and powerful. This needs time to come together and soften. 68% cabernet sauvignon and 32% merlot. Better after 2027.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2022

Made from 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, the 2019 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild is deep garnet-purple colored. It wafts out with alluring scents of baked blackberries, blackcurrant cordial, and juicy plums, plus suggestions of menthol, pencil lead, and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, rich, and seductive, the palate delivers impressive layers of red and black fruits with velvety tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing with a serious amount of depth.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Cool ash and campfire fragrance envelops you from the beginning, followed by dense layers of blackberry, bilberry, cassis, espresso, and cocoa bean. This is easy to love, engaging and charming, although it builds in power and the tannins become pretty chewy through the finish. Harvest September 19 to October 5 (a little earlier that Clerc and Armailhac because Mouton is always an early terroir due to its abundance of pure gravel). 50% new oak.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, January 2022

Tasted blind. Youthful crimson. Warm, rich, complex nose. Really intense fruit masking lots of tannin and a bit of acidity on the end. Classic 2019. Long. 13.5%
Drink 2027– 2044

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2023

The 2019 Le Petit Mouton De Mouton Rothschild is one heck of a second wine and has a rare level of depth and density. A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, it reveals a dense ruby/purple hue to go with textbook Pauillac notes of cedar pencil, smoke tobacco, spice box, blackcurrants, and graphite. Deep, rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, it's probably better than many vintages of the Grand Vin. I absolutely love its purity of fruit, balance, and structure. It needs a healthy decant if drinking any time soon and will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age, but it will have over two decades of longevity. Just don't tell yourself it's a second wine and you'll think you're drinking the Grand Vin.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, April 2022
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Composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, harvested from the 18th of September to the 5th of October, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2019 Le Petit Mouton charges out of the glass with gregarious scents of baked black cherries, plum preserves and blackcurrant cordial followed by hints of cumin seed, candied violets and licorice with a waft of dried Provence herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate has a real skip in its step, offering fresh, cheery black berry flavors and a grainy texture, supported by oodles of freshness, finishing long with invigorating spice and herbal sparks.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, June 2020
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