Le Petit Mouton 2009
Tasting Notes Le Petit Mouton 2009
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.
The 2009 vintage is administrator Philippe Dalhuin's finest effort to date. I don't think I have ever enjoyed a Le Petit Mouton (which represents 27% of their total production) more than his 2009, which is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Dense ruby/purple, with plenty of ripeness, it displays the famous Mouton creme de cassis intermixed with spring flowers, licorice and some background forest floor notes. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years.