2011 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur (1.5L)

SKU #1141047 87-90 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe, slightly extracted in feel with a taut plum skin edge running from start to finish, along with crushed cherry and blackberry fruit. A good tobacco note wafts through the finish. Score range: 87-90. (Web Only- 2012)

James Suckling

 Pretty aromas of blackberries and dried orange peel. Full and soft textured. Full to medium body, with velvety tannins and a bright finish...  (4/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the talented Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the 2011 Croix-Mouton over-delivers in flavor intensity, body and richness. For a Bordeaux Superieur it possesses an atypically dark ruby color as well as a chunky, fleshy bouquet of red and black fruits, spice box and earth. Drink this medium-bodied effort over the next 4-5 years.  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

Robert Parker writes: "A consistent winner from the committed, energetic proprietor, Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the 2011 Croix Mouton is his lowest level wine. A blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. It is a very good effort from a vineyard situated near Fronsac."

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
½*V Boysenberry fruit and a good middle.

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
* Concentrated dark fruit, very strong, serious wine.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
Decent fruit, sweet, bright and spicy.

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