2013 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur

SKU #1158961 90-91 points James Suckling

 One of the best Bordeaux Supériers I tasted. A 2013 with a solid center palate, a spicy palate and juicy fruit. Round and juicy.  (4/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine, dominated by Merlot (about 95%) and the rest Cabernet Franc, shows lovely, round, elegant fruit flavors that resemble mulberry, black cherry and blackcurrant. It doesn-t have a lot of complexity, but the wine is supple, mouth-filling and quite a successful effort from its humble origins.(RP)  (8/2014)


 The 2013 Croix-Mouton is dark, juicy and absolutely impeccable. Dark red cherry, plum, spices and new leather flesh out in a supple, textured wine endowed with terrific depth and pure resonance. The oak is a bit prominent today, but otherwise all the elements are nicely balanced. Dried flowers and sweet spices linger on the close. This is a terrific showing from proprietor Jean Philippe Janoueix and winemaker Jean Philippe Fort. Tasted two times. (AG)  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

Croix Mouton is a 19-hectare estate located near the village of Ludon. They are making some of the best, value-priced Bordeaux available.

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