Le Petit Mouton from Mouton Rothschild 2016: A generous and creamy Pauillac
Produced in the Pauillac appellation, Le Petit Mouton from Mouton Rothschild is the second wine of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The vineyard covers 90 hectares, and is planted on banks of gravel and a marl-limestone subsoil. The grape varieties planted are 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
The grapes that were used to produce Le Petit Mouton 2016 experienced exceptional climatic conditions starting at the end of June. The berries were small at the end of their maturation, which means that they were dense and highly concentrated. Harvest was from September 26th to October 14th.
Le Petit Mouton from Mouton Rothschild 2016 has a dark, carmine color with purple highlights. The nose emits complex aromas of black fruits (blackberries, blueberries), as well as cocoa beans. The attack is a blend of flesh and freshness. Its density is splendid, and the tannins are elegant. The wine reveals itself to be generous and unctuous. There are hints of spice and graphite, in the mouth. The finish is incredibly long, balanced and fresh.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Le Petit Mouton is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc; it will be matured in 45% new oak, a little lower than in previous year (it used to be 60%). It has around 13.3% alcohol. It has a clean and precise bouquet with black berry, pencil shavings, crushed violet and a touch of oyster shell. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and ripe tannin, very harmonious and blessed with a satin-like texture. It is a more understated Le Petit Mouton, but you almost miss the precision and detail, the mineralité on the linear finish. This has great potential thanks to the sheer quality of the tannins here.