Very light yellow, green hint color; some cut grass and citrus on the nose; gooseberry, green melon, white peach, lime on the palate.
Crisp, fresh, with good acidity, very dry, very clean. Simple and good value, as you would expect from Mouton Cadet.
Mouton Cadet began in 1930 because Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, wanted to bring the richness of the prestigious Bordeaux region to a wider audience by producing very affordable wines using excess grapes from Bordeaux winegrowers. Today, grapes for Mouton Cadet wines come from more than 450 winegrowers farming almost 3,000 acres in various locations in Bordeaux.
In 1988, following the death of her father, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild assumed control of the various Rothschild efforts and made Mouton Cadet the largest-selling branded Bordeaux wine in the world. She gave the brand a more fruit-forward style in 2004 and personally designed the bottles and labels.
Philippine de Rothschild died in 2014. Today, her three children: Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, (chairman of the supervisory board), Camille Sereys de Rothschild, and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild (both members of the supervisory board), manage the company.
Mouton Cadet wines typically are simple, straight-forward, clean expressions of Bordeaux varietals priced to be affordable to wide range consumers. That is this effort. $8-11
Other photos: Philippine de Rothschild, Bordeaux vineyard.