This Mouton Cadet Bordeaux 2012 review is part of our value wine series.  A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great tasting wines from around the world that both affordable and accessible.  Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up to date on the latest and greatest wine reviews from Vintners like Mouton Cadet.  Note that this review covers tasting notes and food pairings for Mouton Cadet’s red Bordeaux blend, there is also a white blend.  

Mouton Cadet Bordeaux 2012 Review from the Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

Vintage: 2012

Crafted in typical right bank fashion, the Mouton Cadet Bordeaux red blend is a seductive and somewhat youthful concoction of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Cabernet Franc.  This wine is fairly refined and not quite full bodied, though it does encompass all the basic flavor characteristics of a youthful red from Bordeaux.  It is ideal to decant this wine for about 30 minutes prior to drinking.  Best chilled to 61 degrees fahrenheit, or about 12 minutes in your fridge.

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Mouton Cadet 2012 Bordeaux Review, Tasting Notes & Food PairingsIt’s also with noting that Mouton Cadet is a bulk wine producer.  While there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s a well known, old world brand that is pumping out a hefty number of barrels each year.  So if you’re looking for a more complex and fleshier Bordeaux, you may have to up your price point a bit.  That said, for the price, this claret is a steal.  Let’s say it’s a good starting point for a new Bordeaux drinker, and a consistent / reliable buy for the more experienced buyer.

Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Tasting Notes

In the glass, we get a somewhat translucent ruby hue with some evidence of soft garnet youth around the rim.  The nose is mainly of both red and black berry fruit, with undertones of cherry.  The opening palate is bright and inviting.  Elevated acidity and stern tannins sit alongside ripe red cherry, dry forest floor white pepper spice.  The mid-palate gives us little hints of cold gravel minerality, green peppers and ripe blackberry while acid and tannins stay elevated creating a pleasant sensation of astringency.  Approaching the close, the wine softens up a bit giving way to red currant and raspberry over a medium-short finish.

Mouton Cadet Bordeaux 2012 Review, Tasting Notes & Food Pairings

Check out this gluten free chicken francese with lemon recipe from Lemons to Lemonade.

Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Tasting Notes

Given that this vintage seems to be a bit on the lighter side with elevated acid, it doesn’t need to be paired with red meat.  Chicken francese, garlic-lemon pork, or penne with ham and peppercorn cream will all help to accentuate the youth in this Bordeaux.  If you do feel like grilling a steak, put that same peppercorn cream sauce on a juicy slice of filet-mignon.

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