Rescued from obscurity in the late 1990s, Chateau Croix-Mouton is now and again a prime producer of serious wine for silly cash. Jean-Philippe Janoueix, young gun and previous recipient of “wine grower of the year” in Bordeaux, spares no expense on making this wine and it is easy to tell. His family took control of this right bank estate whose gravelly soils surround this 17th century property. Birthing wines as traditional as Bordeaux can be, the vineyards banked on one of the many bends of the Gironde deliver wines of pure right bank style, dry and supple. No wonder this estate is mentioned in reference books as far back as 1881. I like wines that make me want to drink more of them, and this has that “come hither” disposition, every time I drink it I find new facets of flavor. Ah, nuance. This is not a “trophy” wine but instead one to enjoy. (13.5%)
…a nice balance between fruit, acid and tannins. Shows the broadness of merlot from clay soils and the gravelly quality of alluvial sites too. Cherry, herbs, almost “minty” and some some spicy earth essence….