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Le Petit Mouton 2016

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

This is the rarely-seen second wine of Mouton Rothschild. Normally sold to previous buyers only.

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Le Petit Mouton has a very expressive, outgoing bouquet of copious red and black fruit, cedar and mint; scents of pressed violet petals emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins, very lithe and pliant. The caressing, silky-smooth finish of tobacco-tinged red fruit reveals a dab of spiciness on the aftertaste. Two bottles tasted, one just missing some backbone, although the second is better. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. 2022 - 2040

Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020

The 2016 Le Petit-Mouton has a classic blackberry, graphite and smoke bouquet that perhaps feels a little stricter than it did out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure black fruit and a precise, quite minerally finish that is pure class. This might be the best Le Petit Mouton since it debuted in 1993. Drink 2022-2040.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

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. Drink 2021 - 2045.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

The 2016 Le Petit Mouton is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It has a deep garnet-purple color and gives up an intensely plummy nose with cigar box and fallen leaves scents leading to aroma layers of kirsch, red and black currants and tilled soil. Medium-bodied with a racy line of freshness cutting through the muscular fruit and a good, firm frame of grainy tannins to support, it finishes on a lingering menthol note. Drink 2021-2041.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018

This is a very powerful Petit Mouton with so much rich fruit and power. Full-bodied, tannic yet polished and long. Muscular for the second wine of Mouton.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Le Petit-Mouton is a wine of total precision and class. Bright floral notes lift the red berry fruit beautifully. Medium in body, with incredible persistence and exceptional poise, the 2016 Petit Mouton is sublime. Blood orange, mint and chalky notes add further nuances of freshness throughout. The 2016 is all class. Drink 2024 - 2036.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 Le Petit-Mouton is exceptional. In another era in Bordeaux's history, it could undoubtedly have been a Grand Vin -- it is every bit that outstanding. The volume, depth and density here are truly remarkable. Sweet spice and floral notes develop on the finish, but it is the wine's sense of balance and poise that is most remarkable. Le Petit-Mouton is also without question one of the two or three best second wines of the vintage. Don't miss it.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Tasted blind. First bottle: Savoury yeast-extract nose. A little awkward and sinewy on the palate. Lots of greenness on the end. Actually very hard work. Second bottle: Still rather an indistinct nose. Then some fruit and pace on the palate, though very drying finish overall. But the juice and freshness saves it.
Drink 2026 – 2043

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

Solid, muscular nose. Almost a bitter streak on the end it's so firm! Lots of black fruits and real juiciness. Some lift and life. A very zesty wine with admirable length. But not heavy on the flesh!
Drink 2026-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

This is the rarely-seen second wine of Mouton Rothschild. Normally sold to previous buyers only. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc in 2016. Toasted wood, spicy blackberry and black cherry on the nose. The palate shows real Medocain balance with firm, yet ripe balance, lifted acidity and cool black fruits that build in richness through the mid palate. Hints of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and creamy vanilla add more exoitc hints through to the finish. A very good effort, in keeping with the Grand Vin as being a standout this vintage.

Farr Vintners, April 2017

In the running for the best second wine, the 2016 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton stands firmly on its own two feet and offers beautiful, classic Pauillac notes of crème de cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf, and lead pencil shavings. Surpassing most grand vins, this rich, flamboyant effort is full-bodied and mouthfilling, with good acidity and thrilling amounts of fruit. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, brought up in 50% new French oak, it’s going to keep for 2-3 decades. Drink 2019-2049.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019

Sweet ripe fruit the nose has depth the start of the palate lighter with fresh black fruits less concentration. It opens up towards the back with ripe cassis and black cherry and although richer the finish is firm and tight. 2025-37

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Just less than a third of the production at Mouton went into the second wine in 2016, and this is very much a chip off the same block as the Grand Vin. Structured, richly oaked and spicy, with firmish, but well-integrated tannins and a refreshing lift of acidity. 2022-30

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

This is full of the signature Petit Mouton sexiness, with soft grilled coffee bean edges to the aromatics and a touch of glamour, totally delicious. The fine tannins are soft and full of beauty, just chewy enough to pull you in and make you want to stick around. The structure builds through the palate and the final impression is of a big wine majoring on fully ripe fruit. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
Drinking Window 2025-2040

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017
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