2015 Le Petit Mouton (Pauillac)

Pauillac, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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91-93 pts, Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, Apr 2016 92 pts, Steven Spurrier, decanter.com, Apr 2016 91 pts, J-M Quarin, quarin.com, Apr 2016
90-93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Apr 2016 91 pts, Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, Apr 2016

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Neal Martin

The 2015 Le Petit Mouton is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, matured in 40% new oak and the remainder one-year-old. It has a very intense bouquet for this deuxième vin, a far cry from the rustic wines produced in the 1990s. It is almost opaque, a wall of blackberry, cassis and tobacco aromas, perhaps the most powerful that I have ever tasted under this label. Over ten minutes, I noticed it become more sensual and rounded. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, like the aromatics, incredibly powerful and assertive. Wonderful delineation here, very mineral-driven with a bravura of a finish. It begged the question...is this really a second wine? Maybe they should rename it "Le Grand Mouton"? It is amazing to think how humdrum vintages of this were in the 1990s. This is a completely different wine to those. 91-93 points

Steven Spurrier

Bright, broad cassis fruit and all the exuberance typical of Mouton, but more grip than in the past thanks to the new c ellar. No hint here of this being a second wine. 92 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2015 Le Petit Mouton opens with striking, expressive aromatics. Graphite, smoke, charcoal and blackberry jam are fused together in a deep, beautifully layered Pauillac. The 2015 is impressive from start to finish. This is an especially strong Petit Mouton endowed with real class. Tasted two times. 90-93 points

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