Chateau Mouton Rothschild   Le Petit Mouton

2020 Le Petit Mouton

By Chateau Mouton Rothschild

2020 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

In the demanding and precise field of fine wines, few names herald as much respect and anticipation as Château Mouton Rothschild. The 2020 vintage of Le Petit Mouton is no exception—crafted in a year marked by the surgical maturation of complex climatic patterns which bestowed upon Pauillac an exceptional canvas for the artistry of viticulture.


Embracing Excellence with the 2020 Vintage

The 2020 Le Petit Mouton articulates its lineage with compelling clarity. This young sibling to the esteemed first wine enfolds a finesse unmistakably etched with Rothschild's savoir-faire. Complex and characterful, it vibrates with vivacious energy—a testament to a year which, despite initial apprehensions, flourished under the careful husbandry of Bordeaux's seasoned custodians.

The nose is composed, yet ebullient, offering an olfactory collage of rich dark fruits laced with hints of cedar and pencil shavings—the hallmark of true Pauillac pedigree. Within its svelte, structured contours lies a kinetic balance; blackcurrant and spicy nuances dance alongside finely chiseled tannins. 2020 was a canvas that asked much from its stewards—the answer from Le Petit Mouton is unwaveringly proficient.


The Intelligent Investor's Choice

For the cognoscenti seeking assiduous additions to their cellar or portfolio, the jewel-like precision of this wine offers a compelling proposition. It is poised for graceful aging while holding immediate appeal for those unable to resist its youthful exuberance. In an economic landscape where tangible investments hold allure, Le Petit Mouton delineates promise both in liquid pleasure and potential appreciable value. Its stature will undoubtedly rise as it wends through maturity’s enigmatic passage.

In sum, the 2020 Le Petit Mouton is a vibrant vestige from an epoch-defining terroir and a vintage that overcame adversity through exemplary management and profound understanding of the vine's desires. With each indulgent sip, investors and enthusiasts alike will discern not only the strength of Pauillac in 2020 but also the indelible mark of Château Mouton Rothschild's enduring legacy.

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The 2020 Le Petit Mouton is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 13.1% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes galloping out of the glass with exuberant notes of ripe blackcurrants, fresh blackberries and kirsch, plus suggestions of Indian spices, clove oil and chocolate box, plus a fragrant suggestion of lilacs. The medium-bodied palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the tight-knit red and black berry layers, finishing long with a peppery kick.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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