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.
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)
The 2015 Croix-Mouton is a very pleasant, quaffable red with good fruit intensity and plenty of richness. This is a solid, tasty wine from Jean-Philippe Janoueix. Tasted two times. (AG)
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