From budbreak through ripening to harvest, meticulous care was lavished on the 2007 vintage in order to bring the grapes to maturity in good condition.
After a relatively wet winter which allowed water reserves to accumulate, budbreak began in early April. Early vegetation growth was encouraged by exceptionally dry and warm weather (16.4 mm of rain and 16° C, compared with an average of 11.7° C).
Flowering took place for all three varieties around 26 May, fifteen days earlier than the average, presaging an early harvest, as in 1989 and 2003.
Relatively cool weather during the summer slowed the development of the crop, but an exceptionally hot and dry September enabled the grapes to reach full phenological maturity.
Harvesting began on 26 September with the Merlot and ended on 11 October with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes were in good condition, with thick skins rich in tannins and anthocyans.Oenological sheet
The wine has a lovely, dark red colour, set off by attractive purple highlights.
The three varieties used to make Petit Mouton are a perfect reflection of the senior wine.
On the nose, wild berry fruit, blackcurrant and vine peach accompanied by floral notes, especially violet, make this one of the most successful Petit Mouton vintages of recent years.
The palate, rich and crisp, stylish and full-bodied, releases silky fruit, elegant oak and spice, while the well-integrated tannins bring charm and refinement to the overall structure.Descriptive sheet