Review: Wines of Mouton Cadet, 2020 Vintage
A regrettable stretch of time has passed since we last touched based with the Mouton Cadet label from the Baron Philippe branch of the Rothschild family. If you’re unfamiliar with the weight of the Rothschild surname, ask the nearest conspiracy theory loving relative. They will be more than happy to regale you with Rothschild family lore, but make sure you have a bottle or two of this stuff on hand to help pass the time.
Mouton carries the reputation of being easy on the pocketbook and crisp on flavor, so we took the liberty of taking two 2020 vintage releases for a stroll as they begin to land in American stores.
2020 Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Rosé AOC – 77% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Incredibly approachable with an initial burst of raspberry on the nose at first, and mild grapefruit after a bit of rest. The palate delivers on what the nose promises, with clear notes of grapefruit which never overpower the berry influence. It’s simple and balanced, but incredibly versatile as a go-to glass on a muggy summer day or a late, light dinner. B+
2020 Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Blanc AOC – 76% Sauvignon Blanc, 22% Semillon, 2% Muscadelle. Heavily floral, with boxwood and cassis notes that diminish gradually, eventually replaced by fresh peach. Thankfully the floral influence knows when to make an exit on the palate, and a summer assortment of lime, apricot, and peach fade with a gentle touch. A-
each $15 / moutoncadet.com