Petit Mouton 2021

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Tasting Notes and Scores

90-92

Bordeaux Index

Savoury, saline, nori and wet stone nose with some black currant and cherry. Toasty. Some tension here from the freshness and purity of fruit nicely offset with gravelly mineral characters. Not overly long or dramatic.
April 2022

89-91

Wine Advocate

Since Mouton-Rothschild itself this year derives exclusively from the two plateaus that always make up the core of the blend, the 2021 Le Petit Mouton benefits from the inclusion of parcels that often make it into the grand vin. Exhibiting aromas of crème de cassis, mint, cigar wrapper, violets and espresso roast, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and fleshy, with a rich core of fruit, powdery tannins, succulent acids and a persistent finish. Characterful and beautifully made, I wonder if I'm being a little severe with my score?
William Kelley, April 2022

90-92

Neal Martin

Representing 40% of the total volume, a little more than usual, the 2021 Le Petit-Mouton, is aged in 50% new oak. A very Cabernet nose with conspicuous graphite scents infusing the black fruit, a little Earl Grey in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy opening, not amazingly complex but well balanced with fine tannins and just a pinch of black pepper on the finish. Classic in style, it should give 15-20 years of drinking pleasure.
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022

16.5

Jancis Robinson

Dark-fruit and chocolate notes. Medium-bodied with supple fruit and plush tannins on entry. Reasonably generous palate, the acidity cutting through on the finish giving bite and freshness. Low key but looking to give pleasure. (JL) 13%
Drink 2027 – 2038
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022

91-93

Antonio Galloni

The 2021 Le Petit-Mouton is a powerful wine, but not quite the charmer it can be. There's good fruit density, but the tannins are a bit severe. I imagine at least some of that is attributable to the relatively high percentage of Cabernet in the blend. Overall, the 2021 comes across as a bit severe, though. Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022

92

Jane Anson

Beautifully rich and ripe, with sweet black cherry and raspberry fruits, and soft tannins that are earthy and supple. This is an excellent Petit Mouton that delivers consistency in an inconsistent year, managing to exert a gentle pressure of grilled oak without pushing too hard - one of the best 2nd wines of the year. 50% new oak. 40% Petit Mouton, harvest September 25 until October 6. The first vintage where it was Jean-Emmauel Danjoy from beginning to end, after Philippe Dhalluin retirmement. No frost impacting the yield here, and no significant impact from mildew.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022