The Pure Generosity of a Great Pauillac Full of Elegance
Created by the late and legendary Baroness Philippine de Rothschild in 1993, Le Petit Mouton of Mouton Rothschild symbolizes vintage and vintage all the richesse and elegance of the great wines of Pauillac.
With a strong emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon (81%), complemented by Merlot (17%) and Cabernet Franc (2%), the blend of the 2017 vintage highlights the personality of Petit Mouton. Product of an exceptional terroir, the vine parcels from which the fruit was sourced were spared the devastation of frost occurring at the end of April.
With perfectly ripened berries bursting with anthocyanins, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild 2017 charms the eye with the depth of its purple color. The richesse of the aromatic bouquet calls forth notes of fresh black berries, and swirling the wine reveals intense fragrances of licorice and pepper. The palate is presented through a fresh attack that gains in power, revealing raw structured and polished tannins. The palate presents a harmonious balance between generous fruit and tension in the mouth. The finish is punctuated by notes of black fruits, reminiscent of the delicate acidity of blackcurrant. The purity of the mouth persists on a very generous length. A Petit Mouton with great potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2017 Le Petit Mouton, blended of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, is very deep purple-black in color and a touch reduced on the nose (both times it was tasted), giving way to notions of preserved plums and blackberry preserves with touches of licorice, tar, black soil and truffles. Medium-bodied, elegant and with a firm line of grainy tannins melded with seamless freshness, it has a fairly muscular character at this stage and a long, earthy finish.