2014 Le Petit Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
This is so typical of Cabernet. Wow. Full body, round and velvety tannins and lots of earthy, spicy and berry character. Juicy and long. Gorgeous. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest is Merlot. Not really a second wine of Mouton. Excellent.
*Barrel Tasting* This has a lightly dusty frame, but is plump overall, with delightful plum, raspberry and red currant fruit at the core. Singed alder and vanilla notes are subtle and nicely integrated, with a very elegant feel through the finish. Tasted non-blind.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Le Petit Mouton 2014 is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, a very high percentage of the former, partly due to the higher quality of Merlot that predicated 'promotion' into the Grand Vin. It has an intense pencil shaving nose that does not hold back. If you don’t like Cabernet Sauvignon, don’t come near. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannin on the entry. There is part of me wishing that there was some fleshy Merlot to alleviate some of the austerity coming through on the salty finish, though that dominance of Cabernet lends it a rather 'old school' feel that I appreciate. Drink this not so small deuxième vin with a Cohiba! (NM)
*Barrel Sample* This is a dark, impressively structured wine. Vivid black currant fruits explode on the palate and outshine the dense tannins. A great success for this second wine of Mouton Rothschild.
The 2014 Le Petit-Mouton reveals soft contours and an open-knit, supple personality that make it an excellent choice for near-term drinking. Plums, crushed flowers, cinnamon, sweet dark berries and tobacco add depth on the forward, racy finish. (AG)
Extreme because it’s 93% Cabernet Sauvignon. Because the Merlots were so good that they went into the grand vin. Dense and spicy nose with lots of energy. Clean and zippy. Very neat, and actually it seems quite early maturing despite the varietal make-up. Very fine and neat. Just a little dry on the end. (17+/20 points)