Nature was particularly kind in 2009, providing conditions that favoured the vegetation cycle and helped the grapes to reach full maturity.
Winter was a little colder than usual, though in the period to March the region had 204 hours of sunshine more than the average for the last thirty years. April was very wet and May often stormy. Flowering took place rapidly and evenly around 5 June. Summer set in from mid-June, bringing remarkable levels of sunshine and little rainfall. The very fine weather and high level of hydric stress, barely alleviated by a few showers, enabled the grapes to ripen slowly to full maturity. Temperatures in August were 1.4° C higher than the average. The ideal weather continued into September as cool nights alternated with hot days. The weather, encouraging the concentration of aromas and flavours and the accumulation of anthocyans, brought the crop to harvest in perfect condition.
Picking began with the Merlot on 23 September and ended with the Cabernet Sauvignon on 6 October. The grapes were extremely healthy, containing plenty of sugar, colour and fruit and showing exceptional potential. 2009 will undoubtedly go down as a vintage to match the finest.
Notes and Reviews
An attractive, deep, and dense red with a crimson tint. Perfectly ripe fruit can be perceived on the highly refined nose. This Petit Mouton releases an array of black fruit aromas reminiscent of blackberry and black cherry, set off by subtle notes of spice and vanilla. The attack carries its weight with elegant precision, the close-knit texture offering well-rounded tannins of remarkable construction. The initial fruit extends into a lovely, long, and structured finish. Petit Mouton stands out for its consummate elegance and remarkable harmony.
Robert Parker (90-92)
The second wine, the 2009 Le Petit Mouton, is the finest second wine they have ever made. Aromas of black currants, flowers, mocha, and earth jump from the glass of this fleshy, heady, full-bodied wine. The final blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, and the alcohol level is slightly higher than the Mouton's. It should drink well for 15+ years.
James Suckling – Wine Spectator (90-93)
Impressive aromas of mint, mineral, and black fruits follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and persistent finish. Dense and well-structured. 63 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 percent Merlot and 15 percent Cabernet Franc.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot|
|Age of Vines||20 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picked. Maceration and fermentation in oak vats and stainless vats.|
|Elevage||18 months in new oak barrels|
|Soil Type||Stones, pebbles, and sand over clay and limestone|