Mouton Cadet has become a trusted brand to millions of wine drinkers and franco-files around the globe. The best known name in Bordeaux evokes timeless quality and an affordable piece of old world nobility. Made of the three noble grapes of the area Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot you can expect each and every bottle to taste uniformly accurate to the iconic Mouton Cadet formula. The taste is soil forward with muted fruit and a semi full body. Many French 2007s show concentrated fruit as a result of a hot and dry growing season, but the 2007 Mouton Cadet managed to taste like a typical Mouton Cadet.
Nobody would bother arguing that this isn’t the biggest selling Bordeaux on the Market, so the question is, “Is it good enough to be number 1?” My response is that the marketing of Mouton Cadet is what pushes it to the top, but it is just good enough not to let that marketing down. Just like in 2002 when “A Little Less Coversation” by Elvis was remixed by a DJ named Junkie XL and included on a Greatest Hits Package 30 #1 Hits. At the time that catchy ditty garnered the most radio play of any song included on the package and might have left the casual listener with the impression that this tune was his greatest hit. Obviously not the case. I think that this is what be happening with Mouton Cadet. It is a decent Bordeaux, in my opinion a little bit boring and generic. For my money, I would rather Jump Jive and Wail to Brian Setzer and bottle of the Baron’s Cabernet Sauvignon Vins du Pays Doc for about two-thirds of the price or upgrade to one of the many artisanal wine makers from the region for a couple of bucks more.
Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.