Petit Mouton (2nd wine of Mouton Rothschild) 2016

Pauillac, Second wine

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Tasting Notes

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.

Score: 94

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024-2036 01 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.

Score: 91 - 94

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 25 April 2017

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.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2040 01 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.

Score: 92 - 94

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2045 28 April 2017

Sexy, approachable nose of opulent red and black fruits, high toned with a hint of spices. Plenty of sheen and plump fruit in the middle with ripe supple tannins.

Score: 93 - 95

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. 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!

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2026-2040 18 April 2017

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.

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 24 March 2017