Chateau Mouton Rothschild   Le Petit Mouton

2005 Le Petit Mouton

By Chateau Mouton Rothschild

2005 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

In the legendarily firmament of Bordeaux vintages, the 2005 stands tall—a year that brought an impeccable balance of power and elegance to the wines of Pauillac. The 2005 Le Petit Mouton from Château Mouton Rothschild, crafted in this outstanding season, embodies the prestigious pedigree of its illustrious lineage yet articulates a distinct narrative.

 

Captivating Terroir Expression of a Superlative Year

The fruit from the 2005 season revels in its optimal ripeness—the hallmark of Pauillac's gravelly vineyard terraces that year. Within the bottle, one uncovers layers of complexity; cassis and black cherry aromatics entwine with refined undertones of forest floor and vanilla essence, all underpinned by the stately tannic structure that is the backbone of this exquisite vintage. Investing both palate and portfolio in a 2005 Le Petit Mouton is a confluence of pleasure and prudence.

 

The Investment Virtue of an Exemplary Vintage

Time has graced the 2005 Le Petit Mouton with a mellowing finesse, rounding out edges once firm and now resonant with sophisticated subtlety. Mature yet vibrant, tertiary flavors emerge, testament to the age-worthy nature of this distinctive vintage, exemplifying wine investment acumen as it continues to evolve majestically in the collector's cellar.

With each sip, investors and connoisseurs are reminded of the terrains and climates that have pampered these grapes to fruition; 2005 was a vinicultural magnum opus for Pauillac. The Le Petit Mouton from this outstanding year is poised to reward those with foresight to discern its latent charm—an inviting proposal for those sharpening their wine investment portfolios with enduring, celebrated labels.

As we look back on a pantheon of vintages, the 2005 Le Petit Mouton stands as a distinguished expression from Château Mouton Rothschild—a thoughtful acquisition for those who seek both the sensory gratification and fiscal sagacity that only stellar vintages can provide.

Current market price

$3,020.00

12x75cl

Highest score

91

POP score

224.55

Scores and tasting notes

91

Juicy and delicious wine with plum and chocolate character. It's full-bodied yet has a round, soft texture. So delicious now. Ready.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, July 1st 2013

91

The 2005 Le Petit Mouton has a very expressive, vivacious bouquet with dark cherries, tobacco and even a hint of violet plucked from Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little more structure than the 2010, supremely well detailed, but perhaps just missing the sustain of that aforementioned younger vintage. Still, this an extremely fine Le Petit Mouton drinking now and over the next 15-20 years. Tasted August 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 31 January 2017

90

Tasted at the Claret Club Mouton-Rothschild dinner. The Le Petit Mouton 2005 is open and generous on the nose that is very 'Pauillac' with pencil lead dominating the rather 'strict' aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy entry, perhaps a little shallow, with touches of black olive and lemon rind interlacing the tannic, rather dry finish. Fine, but drink now. Tasted November 2010.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2011

88

An excellent second wine, the 2005 Le Petit Mouton exhibits soft, lush, subtle herb-infused black currant fruit along with notions of licorice, smoke, and burning embers. Enjoy this well-made effort over the next 7-8 years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #176

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