Aromas of smoke, bacon and ripe fruits, follow through to a full body, with lots of blackberries and bramble berries. Velvety tannins, with lovely intensity and balance. Gorgeous wine. Second wine of Mouton-Rothschild. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon. 22% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc.
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Le Petit Mouton has improved in bottle since I tasted it last year. The 2009 has a lovely, defined, exuberant bouquet with luscious pure black fruit that is pure and utterly refined: blackberry, dark plum and graphite mingling with sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, quite fleshy opening. There is a roundness and sensuality to this wine, with a touch of VA lending its a Tuscan allure towards the generous, almost exotic finish. Tasted January 2013. (NM)
Fleshy and inviting, with dense but accessible layers of dark fig, plum, prune cake and roasted espresso, all framed on the finish by a lingering singed cedar edge. This has grip, but it's still approachable now. Drink now through 2020. (JM)
Very spicy fruit, with lots of blackcurrant character, very fresh with light tannins. There is a streak of ginger right through the wine, finishing with lively acidity. (RV)
Very dark indeed. Scented archetypal Pauillac. Round and almost impossible to spot the tannins until the very end when they emerge. Very voluptuous and 2009. Quite dramatic. 17/20 points. (JR)
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