Chateau Mouton Rothschild   Le Petit Mouton

2013 Le Petit Mouton

By Chateau Mouton Rothschild

2013 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The exquisite 2013 vintage of Le Petit Mouton from the iconic Château Mouton Rothschild stands as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of this storied Pauillac vineyard. In a year that tested the mettle of Bordeaux producers, the 2013 Le Petit Mouton emerges with an aura of triumph through adversity.

 

A Pauillac with Poise

The 2013 Bordeaux vintage is often characterized by its challenging climate conditions that demanded exacting standards in the vineyard and the cellar. However, the skilled team at Château Mouton Rothschild circumnavigated the vicissitudes of nature to craft a Le Petit Mouton that exhibits exceptional balance and grace under pressure.

What we witness in this 2013 vintage is a compelling portrayal of cassis wrapped in a medley of blackberry and subtle oak nuances. The wine's tannin structure presents itself with confidence, yet does not overpower the harmonious symphony of fruit and terroir-driven minerality. It is a skillfully orchestrated Pauillac, engraved with the Rothschild signature.

 

Investment Worthy

This vintage embodies the essence of investment-grade fine wine - exclusivity and excellence despite environmental obstacles. For collectors and investors alike, the resilience shown by the 2013 Le Petit Mouton exemplifies the kind of rarity that warrants keen attention in any well-curated portfolio.

In times when less favorable conditions could have diminished the outcome, this wine triumphs as a beacon of Pauillac's enduring quality. With a structured palate that suggests continued evolution over time, it remains a compelling prospect for those seeking pedigree and poise in their investments.

To appreciate the investment allure woven into this complex Pauillac tapestry, consider securing holdings in 2013 Le Petit Mouton — an articulate expression of one of Bordeaux's most revered terroirs, delivered by the masterful hands at Château Mouton Rothschild.

Current market price

$3,390.00

12x75cl

Highest score

91

POP score

185.45

Scores and tasting notes

90-92

The Le Petit Mouton has a huge majority of Cabernet Sauvignon at 93% - the highest percentage ever. The nose is quite floral and Margaux-like in style, simple but perfumed. The palate is crisp and structured on the entry with plenty of graphite-infused black fruit originating from the Cabernet, with a touch of dried blood towards the finish. This is a knockout wine from Philippe Dhalluin - real character and panache here. Tasted April 2014.

Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal

89

The 2013 Le Petit Mouton, one of the go-to second labels under winemaker Philippe Dhalluin, has an attractive blackberry, raspberry coulis and bay leaf scented bouquet that is simple but fresh and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied and initially angular in the mouth. The sharp acidity slight jars at first, although there are attractive blackcurrant pastilles that leaven what could have been a hard finish, dominated by the Cabernet Sauvignon that comprised 93% of the blend. This is a great deuxième vin that punches above its weight for the vintage, even if it does not quite match its showing from barrel.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016

87-88

The second wine, the 2013 Le Petit Mouton, represents about one-fourth of the crop. Composed of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, it is a ripe, tasty, round, easygoing effort with red and black currant, licorice and spice box notes as well as a soft finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #214 Aug 2014

Vintage performance