Walking down the wine aisle in your local supermarket amongst the hundreds of bottles on display sometimes a label suddenly catches your eye, not because it has distinctive artwork or design but because of what’s written on it.
In this case it was the words, Mouton, Baron Philippe De Rothschild and Bordeaux, so whilst my wife’s back was turned a bottle of ‘Mouton Cadet Bordeaux 2011’ (just happened to be on special offer as well) found its way into my shopping trolley next to the veg, bread , shower gel and toothpaste.
The question is was it any good and worth the clandestine operation to get it in the trolley? Well, in a word, not really (sorry, two words). This was one of the most disappointing bottles I’ve opened recently; maybe the £6 odd I paid should have alerted me that perhaps this is not what it seems.
After pulling out the cork with Baron De Rothschild printed on it I was looking forward to trying the wine, that was before I smelt it, not the best, being predominately Merlot a whiff of dark berries, plums, some earth and vegetal notes were the main aromas although there was a hint of something chemical which wasn’t nice.
Taste – medium bodied, a little on the thin side for me with a plums, blackberries and liquorice making it seem very bitter on the finish (which did subside after an hour or so left in the glass). Harsh and quite dry but not altogether undrinkable, definitely better with food.
Considering the prestigious name this was a little bit of a letdown, I know it’s suppose to be a budget level affordable Bordeaux and in some respects it does the job especially as a midweek everyday wine.
Not so much a Mouton Cadet more of a Mouton Regret
My Rating 5.5/10 Corks
Various around £10