Le Petit Mouton 2019
After a milder-than-average winter and a cool spring, June was marked by heavy precipitation. It was in July that summer made its great appearance with high temperatures and some precipitation, which prevented the vines from suffering too much water stress. At Château Mouton Rothschild, the 2019 harvest began on September 5 with white grape varieties. The harvest continued on September 18 with the red grape varieties and ended on October 5. The 2019 harvest was very generous, both in terms of quantity and quality. From the outset, 2019 promised to be a fantastic vintage, yielding grapes that were rich in colour, with high degrees of alcohol and a very fine tannic structure.
Produced by Château Mouton Rothschild
A first growth in the 1855 Classification, Château Mouton Rothschild has a long and storied history; wine has been made here since Roman times.
The estate has been in the Rothschild family since 1853, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1922 that its fortunes were transformed. Baron Philippe was a dynamic figure and revolutionised the estate. He was the first to introduce château-bottling, as early as 1924.
The estate, which spans 83 hectares of vines, is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), Merlot (18%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%). The average age of the vines is around 45 years.
In style, the wines have immense appeal, with exotic, powerful aromas of cassis, minerals, tobacco leaf and graphite, backed by an opulence on the palate and impressive length on the finish. “Flamboyant” is a word sometimes used in tasting notes, and in comparative blind tastings this attribute is frequently what sets Mouton apart.
Tasted en primeur, the Mouton Rothschild Le Petit Mouton 2019 displays an intense red colour, shimmering with purple reflections. From the first moments of the tasting, the aromatic bouquet promises great complexity. Notes of black berries and delicious chocolate aromas are followed by delicate hints of roasted aromas. On the palate, the wine impresses with its freshness and tasty texture, with notes of red fruit and toast. This superb Second Wine from Château Mouton Rothschild has a deliciously silky and crunchy tannic structure, further enhanced by fresh liquorice notes, lingering long on the finish.