2015 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur

SKU #1251770 90 points James Suckling

 A fruity and juicy red with currant, cherry and plum character and a hint of cedar and rust. Full to medium body, ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.  (2/2018)

Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Château Croix-Mouton from Jean-Philippe Janoueix (La Confession, La Croix St. Georges, etc.) is a rock-solid effort, and at 15 bucks is a terrific deal. From Lugon-et-the Ile-du-Carnay, not far from Fronsac, and made from mostly Merlot (there’s a splash of Cabernet Franc), it checks in at over 14% alcohol and offers terrific notes of ripe black cherries, smoked meats, licorice, and cedar. Rounded, supple and beautifully textured, with ripe tannin, it’s a delicious effort and a terrific little Bordeaux Superior to drink over the coming 3-5 years.  (11/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Croix Mouton, a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet France, has a tight-fisted bouquet at first, sultry and a little unresponsive. It gently opens with blackberry and briar aromas, perhaps more "linear" than I was anticipating. The palate is medium-bodied with bold tannin, full in the mouth with rather "brash" tannin. I would have preferred more elegance to be conveyed on the finish, but there is plenty of muscle here. (NM)  (4/2016)

Vinous

 The 2015 Croix-Mouton is a delicious, budget-friendly wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the red cherry and plum fruit retains its youthful vibrancy. Sweet floral notes add brightness and lift to this very pretty midweight Bordeaux Supérieur from Jean-Philippe Janoueix. Tasted two times. (AG)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2018 | Send Email
Whoa! This is an unmistakable knockout deal from the Janoueix portfolio near Lugon on the right. It showcases the ripeness and roundness of the vintage, with rich cherry kirsch and raspberry fruit with a soft tannic texture and great acidity. Definitely a deal to keep on your radar for steak night.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2018 | Send Email
Approachable, easy drinking and yet complex. Lots of fruits-du-bois (wild berries). a delicious note of blood orange, and a touch of spices, deliver a wine that would be perfect with lighter fare red meats, roast chicken, and even pizza!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2017 | Send Email
the 2015 Croix Mouton Bordeaux from Jean-Philippe Janoueix is an incredible value in Bordeaux! The property has a very long history which dates back to the ancient Romans, and is predominately clay, limestone and alluvial soils, located just outside of the Fronsac appellation. The blend is predominately Merlot blended with a much smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc, and the result is a full bodied, fruit driven and beautifully structured wine with aromas and flavors of green tobacco, high tone red fruit and rose.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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