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Baron Philippe de Rothschild - Mouton Cadet Background The red grapes grown for this wine come from the Bordeaux region of France (Western France) which are grown on either side of the Atlantic estuary and tributary rivers in and around Bordeaux. The Mouton Cadet is a red wine made up of 65% merlot grapes, 20% cabernet sauvignon grapes and lastly 15% cabernet franc. These are macerated separately for anywhere between 4 and 10 days and then the all important fermentation can take place. The wine is then matured for 6-10 months before bottling. Baron De Rothschild has been producing wine since 1930 The Wine The wine as stated is a red and the colour is quite brighter than most reds. It can look more raspberry red rather than blood red. There is a definite smell of fruit from the glass when you stick your nose in the wine glass and I find it very sweet - although the wine is not sweet in itself just the odour. The taste is also slightly fruity and this stays with you even after drinking. I find the wine light and not too heavy like other reds. I tend to drink this wine if we are eating Tuna steaks or lamb. It is better with the lighter dark meats if you know what I mean. I wouldn't have this with steak but that is just my personal preference. I was recently given a couple of pheasants and was told that this wine would be a good one to drink with them. The lightness of the wine complimented the pheasant and I was also told that it would do just as well for Duck or Rabbit. My local independent wine merchant tells me all this. He is usually spot on. The Bottle / cost The bottle is a 70cl dark glass bottle with paper label and one of the wines that still has a cork in the top. The motif to the front of the label is of a Ram. The strength of the wine is classed as 13.5% ABV. The bottle is a standard size and weight and has nothing unusual about it and can be stored in any normal sized wine rack. Normally priced around the £10 a bottle mark (dependent on where you shop) this is a better bottle of wine that is really nice to pull off the shelf on special occasions. My wife is not keen on Red wine but during a recent meal that I made for us (Tuna) she even succumbed to having a glass and although didn't have another she was quite happy drinking the first one. Overall. The wine is light and fruity and at room temperature has a lovely aftertaste that I think is just right, especially when having it with some game. (Pheasant etc) It is a pull out now and again bottle and not a daily drink. If your keen on Bordeaux wine then this won't break the bank but has some of the tastes you would expect to find from this region of France. Good quality if you can find it on sale or buy in multiples (majestic wine) then you can grab yourself a bargain.
This wine has a dense, deep red colour, shading to cherry at the edge and a seductively, nicely open nose with intense blackberry and cassis aromas and a slightly floral note reminiscent of violet. From a round and crisp attack with a fine structure of already well-rounded, creamy tannins, it develops an ample and expressive body of red berry fruit with a touch of something mineral. A seductive wine, its undoubted qualities display all the complexity and harmony of an exceptional vintage and the promise of greater richness to come. Grape: 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc.