Le Petit Mouton de Mouton-Rothschild 2018 - A.O.C Pauillac
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The 2018 Le Petit Mouton is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. It represents about 26% of the total crop and has 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it struts its way out of the glass with showy, flamboyant scents of Morello cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, preserved plums and black raspberries, plus suggestions of potpourri and Chinese five spice. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers fantastic freshness with velvety tannins and loads of spicy sparks emanating from the red and black berry preserves layers, finishing with a minty kick.
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Made from young vines, this second wine of Mouton Rothschild was, unusually, aged in 100% new wood. While that does show as a vanilla edge to the wine, the ripe black fruits are moving forward to give richness and density. Drink the wine from 2025.
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Pure and focused, with a lovely caressing edge to its mix of plum sauce and warmed cassis fruit flavors that are augmented by smoldering earth, tobacco and alder notes that tug gently on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2032.
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This is phenomenal with such dense and layered tannins that go on for minutes. It’s full-bodied with blackberries, blueberries and chocolate. Sexy and so beautiful. Not sure what to say here. Maybe it should have gone into the first wine?
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The 2018 Le Petit Mouton De Mouton-Rothschild is a beauty and shows both the richer, sexy style of the vintage as well as notable elegance and purity. Crème de cassis, violets, and lead pencil notes all emerge from this richly textured, full-bodied, yet pure and precise beauty. With building tannins and a great finish, it should be drinkable in just 3-5 years yet keep for three decades. The blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak.
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Château Mouton Rothschild's second wine, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild is the fruit of an exceptional terroir.

Harvested, vinified and then bottled with the same meticulous care as its big brother, it comes from a selection of the youngest vines of this illustrious Premier Cru.

The harvest is done in crates, the fermentation carried out in the Mouton oak vat, then the aging in barrels, according to traditional methods.
All the elements are therefore implemented so that the elegance and richness of a great Pauillac can be fully expressed.

In order to keep the same spirit as on her Grand Vin, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild chose for the Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild a label inspired by a drawing by the famous painter and poster artist Jean Carlu.

This label illustrates variations on the theme of the vine. Powerfully colored, it combines the sensuality of the forms with the refined geometry of the “Arts Déco” style. The drawing was made in 1927, following that which the artist had designed at the same time for the Grand Vin of the 1924 vintage.

The first vintage of Petit Mouton, dates back to 1993 - was first called “the Second Wine of Mouton Rothschild”, then from 1994, it bore its final name, with a strong identity linked to the property : “Petit Mouton” is the name of the residence of the Baroness Philippine, at the very heart of the estate.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Mouton-Rothschild
  • Type of wine
    Second Wine
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    84 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    25 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    60% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2026 and 2040
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Second Wine) from Pauillac is made with a vineyard that has an area of 84 hectares by Château Mouton-Rothschild. The average age of the vines is 25 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 17 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 60% of new barrels.


The Pauillac appellation is located on the left bank of the Gironde and brings together exceptional climatic and geological conditions, which allows it to produce very great wines. Capital of the Médoc viticole, the port city of Pauillac gave its name to the appellation. The AOC can boast of having three wines in the first five classified growths of 1855: Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. On its 1,200 ha of vines, Pauillac produces 54,000 hl of red wines each year. Note that Mouton-Rothschild also produces a white wine.
Pauillac is a jewel of the Médoc, it indeed has 18 classified growths which represent 85% of its production. Perched on a beautiful rump of gravels, its terroir is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon assembled with Merlot and to a lesser extent with Petit Verdot and Malbec.