2016 Le Petit Mouton
By Chateau Mouton Rothschild
2016 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux
The 2016 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild presents an exquisite chapter in the illustrious pages of Bordeaux's wine narrative. This particular year appears draped in the distinction of a season that flirted with perfection, allowing Pauillac to carve an indelible mark on the vintage's character.
A Vintage Testament to Pauillac's Prowess
Amidst a year marked by weather's serendipitous grace, the 2016 vintage at Château Mouton Rothschild stands as a testament to the sophistication inherent in Pauillac's terroir. The season commenced with providential precipitation, paving the way for an exceptional growing period, culminating in a harvest sprinkled with the blessings of Autumn's gentle sun and crucial cool night-time breezes.
The result is a 2016 Le Petit Mouton that effuses with precision and balance; its bouquet erupts with vibrant aromas of blackcurrant and subtle oak nuances. On the palate, investors will savor the integration of ripe tannins and expressive dark fruit - signifiers of a wine with commendable aging potential and investment promise.
Precise Elegance: The Hallmark of 2016 Le Petit Mouton
The 2016 vintage from Château Mouton Rothschild has delineated itself with exquisite structure – one that harmonizes vigor and elegance. Vibrant acidity threads through its core, offering a stately framework that predicts splendid development over time. A wine infused with Pauillac's quintessential power yet rendered with exceptional finesse, it appeals to those who seek that rare crossover between drinkability in its youth and longevity.
In this 2016 Le Petit Mouton, discerning palates will detect notes that resonate with classic Pauillac grace – hints of pencil shaving and minerals, layered alongside sumptuous fruit – offering investors not just a sip, but a story of an exceptional climatic year housed within each bottle.
Capturing the graceful defiance of a climatically blessed year, this vintage invites fine wine investors to partake in the promise of its journey - a journey that portends to unfurl layers of complexity as it seamlessly matures. It is this harmonious blend of present delight and future potential that makes the 2016 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild a wise addition to any distinguished portfolio.
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Scores and tasting notes
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, April 4th 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.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 30 November 2018
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!
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com