Let’s welcome Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA and their branded Mouton Cadet wines to the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Here is their introduction to you in their own words.
Enter Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA
Since 1933, the family-owned company Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, headed by Chairman and CEO Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and located in the heart of the Pauillac vineyard, has been motivated by a constant ambition: to make the world’s finest wines, each in its own category. That applies both to the châteaux wines for which it is responsible, like the renowned Château Mouton Rothschild, a First Growth, and to its branded wines, including the famous Mouton Cadet, now the world’s best-selling Bordeaux AOC wine.
Created by Baron Philippe de Rothschild 90 years ago, in 1930, Mouton Cadet was an immediate success. Demand grew rapidly, first in France and then, from the 1950s, on international markets, as consistent quality continued to enhance the brand’s reputation.
In 2015 Mouton Cadet entered a new era. Under the impetus of the third generation of the family – Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, Camille Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild – Mouton Cadet aims to reach even higher and further.
Know-how with its roots in the terroir
Guided by the Rothschild family’s visionary and innovative spirit, Mouton Cadet is constantly improving. The technical teams at Mouton Cadet strictly control and monitor all the processes from harvest to vinification, thanks to a unique and privileged relationship with 300 or so partner winegrowers from the best terroirs of the Bordeaux region. The richness and distinctive features of the various terroirs influence the aromas and flavours of Mouton Cadet, revealing the best of each parcel. The grapes from each parcel are vinified separately at the winegrowers’ wineries under the individual supervision of Mouton Cadet’s winemakers, a personalized approach that preserves the spirit of the different terroirs and grape varieties.
An enhanced and enticing range
Mouton Cadet has changed in style since the 2015 vintage, offering a rounder, smoother and more succulent wine with fresh, fruit-forward aromas and flavours. As well as the classic pillars of the brand – Mouton Cadet Rouge, Mouton Cadet Blanc, Mouton Cadet Rosé and Mouton Cadet Sauvignon Blanc – Mouton Cadet now also has a premium range, Mouton Cadet Réserve, comprising ten wines that are representative of prestigious Bordeaux appellations. Intended exclusively for restaurants, wine merchants and gourmet food stores, the range is based on meticulous parcel selection and offers more structured and complex wines.
MOUTON CADET WINES FEATURED AT THE 2020 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
MOUTON CADET WHITE 2018 – The nose opens on zesty fruit aromas such as lemon and grapefruit, then goes on with airing to reveal fresh notes of broom balanced by aromas of ripe yellow fruit such as peach and apricot. On the palate, the fresh and elegant attack leads into a mid-palate on very fresh citrus fruit flavours, while hints of broom lift the finish.
MOUTON CADET ROSÉ 2018 – The nose opens on fresh red fruit aromas such as raspberry and redcurrant, joined with airing by touches of strawberry and mint. On the palate we have a supple and very fresh attack dominated by the same fruit as on the nose leads into a rich and elegant mid-palate and a lingering finish full of freshness and fruit.
MOUTON CADET RED 2016 – The nose opens on aromas of ripe fruit such as Burlat cherry. Airing brings black fruit notes to the fore, especially blackberry, Burlat cherry and bilberry, along with a touch of mild spice. On the palate, we have a rich and smooth attack that expresses all the fruit on the nose leads into a full mid-palate with hints of cinnamon and round, powerful finis on substantial and very well-rounded tannins.
MOUTON CADET VINTAGE EDITION 2017 – The very subtle nose opens on mild spice notes, joined with airing by aromas of ripe fruit, especially cherry, blackberry and bilberry, and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, after a very succulent, fruit-driven attack of black fruit, especially blackberry and black cherry, the fruit flavours linger on the delicate, rounded mid-palate, leading into a finish on smooth tannins and fine, oaky notes of vanilla and roasted coffee bean.
MOUTON CADET RÉSERVE PAUILLAC 2016 – The nose displays aromas of black cherry and blackcurrant liqueur, with a touch of fig and notes of vanilla and toast. A round and full attack with burnished tannins, the mid-palate reveals powerful blackcurrant and blackberry fruit underpinned by the elegance of the tannins, leading into a long and beguiling finish enhanced by the vanilla and toast notes found on the nose.
MOUTON CADET RÉSERVE SAINT ÉMILION 2017 – The nose opens on spice notes, especially Malabar pepper and cinnamon, followed with airing by ripe red and black fruit aromas, especially wild strawberry, bilberry and blackberry. PALATE: A rich and very full attack on forward yet supple tannins leads into a stylish, fruit-filled mid-palate on blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, while mixed vanilla and mocha notes appear on the finish.