Chateau Mouton Rothschild   Le Petit Mouton

2008 Le Petit Mouton

By Chateau Mouton Rothschild

2008 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

In the hallowed corridors of Bordeaux's elite comes the 2008 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild, a vintage that stands out in the tapestry of fine wines for its unique narrative. The younger sibling to the esteemed first wine of Château Mouton Rothschild, this Pauillac is crafted with the same meticulous care and profound expertise that is emblematic of the estate's rich lineage.


An Emblematic Vintage from an Iconic Estate

The year 2008 unfurled as a tester of patience and skill for vintners in Bordeaux. After a tempestuous start to the growing season, an Indian summer granted a reprisal that allayed fears and kindled the magic this region is revered for. And herein lies the narrative twist for the 2008 Le Petit Mouton. Its composition—a blend evocative of its elder—thrives on such climatic theatre, with the final act offering a performance of harmonious balance and refined complexity atypical of such juvenile ventures.

Versions from this vintage span a spectrum of arousing dark fruits, a touch less flamboyant perhaps than riper years but with an earthy sensibility and structured finesse. There's an air of majesty in this bottle, enthroned upon a foundation of taut tannins and astute oak integration which promises exceptional ageing potential, rendering it an alluring proposition for astute investors and connoisseurs alike.


Decoding the 2008 Sophistication

This particular offering from Château Mouton Rothschild is laced with distinctions that are both subtle yet profound—precise cassis notes interwoven with hints of cigar box and a whisper of graphite. The vigour one finds here is tempered by poise, a medium-bodied prowess that aligns well with Pauillac's storied terroir expression in this cooler vintage.

It is no small triumph when discussing potential investment wines to encounter one which harbours such eloquent testimony to both its birthright and its vintage narrative arc. The 2008 Le Petit Mouton is not merely an echo of Château Mouton Rothschild’s grandeur; it is its own compelling proposition—distinct, sophisticated and promisingly long-lived.

In conclusion, cherishing the 2008 Le Petit Mouton is to celebrate not just the wine itself but also the journey behind it—a journey punctuated by unwavering dedication to excellence, regardless of capricious climatic challenges. Equipped with this understanding, we uncork not just a bottle but also a story—one positioned gracefully at the intersection between patient cultivation and masterful winemaking.

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Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. A shockingly good score for a Second Wine but hey, this is blind tasting. The Le Petit Mouton 2008 has superb fruit intensity on the nose with blackberry, briary and a touch of cold tea. Well integrated oak, a little plusher than its peers, fresh with some expressive Merlot developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent fresh black fruit, crisp acidity and a nice crescendo of blackberry and cassis towards the structured finish. Great persistency and exuberance. Will it age as gracefully as the Grand Vin? Who knows, but it certainly proved its mettle blind. Tasted January 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2012


I don’t remember a second wine of Mouton being so outstanding. This is really plummy and juicy on the nose with flowers and lots of everything. Full and velvety with a lovely texture. Long and very pretty. Plenty of chocolate and lightly toasted oak. Bright and exciting. Give it three or four years of bottle age.

James Suckling -, December 20th 2010


Produced from 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot, this sexy, seductive Le Petit Mouton is round, generous, elegant and pure with lots of blue and black fruits and no hard edges. Drink this seamless, impressive 2008 second wine over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011

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