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Chateau Croix-Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Previously known as Chateau Mouton, Croix Mouton has a long history in the Bordeaux region. The property was written about in the 1881 Ferret edition, next to many well-known Bordeaux wine producers of the time. However, the estate has a much longer history dating back to the ancient Romans who planted vines on the property. The Gallo-Romains remains found in its soil are proof of an ancient Bordeaux wine producing past.

Chateau Croix Mouton was purchased by Jean-Philippe Janoueix in 1997. At the time of the purchase, the estate and vineyards were in poor condition, as the previous owner had abandoned the vineyards. At first, Jean Philippe Janoueix wanted to sell the wines under the original name of Chateau Mouton. A lawsuit was filed by Chateau Mouton Rothschild and the property changed their name to Croix Mouton. Starting in 1998, extensive renovations on all the wine making facilities and work in the vineyards began taking place.

Chateau Croix-Mouton is a serious candidate for one of the best Bordeaux wine value producers today. The Chateau is located not far from the Fronsac appellation, close to the Dordogne river, next to Lugon. The special architecture of the buildings at Croix Mouton are a unique feature of the estate, with its 17th century style. 

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The 19 hectare Bordeaux Superieur vineyard has a terroir of clay, alluvial and limestone soils. The vineyard is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. They have old vines. On average, the vines are a surprising 43 years of age! Those old vines add a lot of concentration and complexity to the wine. When you factor how labor intensive this wine is to produce, it’s easy to see why this is such a good Bordeaux value wine.

To produce the wine of Croix Mouton, the grapes are whole berry fermented in oak vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 50% new, French barrels. The wine of Croix Mouton is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 9 months before bottling. On average, close to 12,500 cases are produced each year. There is a second wine, Reserve du Croix Mouton. Starting in 2005, a high end cuvee, from 1.4 hectares of vines planted at 20,000 vines per hectare was produced by Jean Philippe Janoueix from the vineyards of Croix Mouton. 20 Mille

Chateau Croix Mouton is the perfect example of a forward styled, easy to like, crowd pleasing Bordeaux wine that is best enjoyed in its first few years of life to get the most from its ripe fruit and charm. In this price category, Croix Mouton is an outstanding buy in the Bordeaux value wine arena.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)

    1. With sweet black cherries, a forward personality, and a hint of chocolate in the finish. From a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol. This remains a serious contender the most consistent, value Bordeaux wine produced. 84-85 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille

    1. Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine is all about the open, black cherry and espresso personality, plush textures, and forward, chocolate character. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  3. 2012 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille

    1. From 100% Merlot, the wine is soft, fleshy, filled with dark cherries, forward and open. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 2012 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)

    1. From 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, this forward, sweet and oaky wine will be best in its first few years of life. This crowd pleaser is a steal at this price. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  5. 2011 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)

    1. From Jean Philippe Janoueix, this wine remains one of the top value Bordeaux wines from the region. Cocoa and cherry with a light strawberry finish. 85-86 Pts

      86 points - Tasted
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  6. 2011 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille

    1. Produced from a 1.4-hectare section of the Croix Mouton vineyard planted to 100% Merlot, the wine takes its name from the fact that it’s planted to 20,000 vines per hectare. Mineral and blackberry with a bright, cherry, red berry finish. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2010 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)

    1. Croix Mouton from Jean Philippe Janoueix remains one of the top value Bordeaux wines from the region. From a blend of 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and a drop of Petit Verdot. Oak, black raspberries, medium bodied, round, mocha and cherry finish. Will drink well on release. 87-88 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  8. 2010 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille

    1. 20 Mille is produced from a 1.4-hectare section of the Croix Mouton vineyard planted to 100% Merlot. The wine reached 14.9% alcohol in this vintage. The wine takes its name from the fact it’s planted to 20,000 vines per ha. According to the owner, Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the purpose of this density of planting, is to show quality Bordeaux can be produced from terroir that is not only found in the top appellations. Black cherry, chocolate and licorice aromas couple with sweet, round textures, concentration and depth. As the vineyards continue aging, the wine keeps getting better. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2009 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)

    1. Earth, spice and cherry in the nose, for the money, there is a nice, sweet, plummy richness to the wine. This will be perfect for drinking at a young age, if you’re looking for value in Bordeaux wine.

      87 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Croix Mouton is 87% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, and 1% petit verdot. The wine will age for nine months in 33% new and 67% one-wine old barrels, 45% of which are cigar shaped barrels. This medium bodied wine offers licorice and jammy black raspberry notes, ending in black raspberry and kirsch flavors. 84-87 Pts.

      85 points - Tasted
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  10. 2009 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille

    1. 2009 20 Mille is produced from a 1.4-hectare section of the Croix Mouton vineyard. The chateau takes its name from the fact it’s planted 20,000 vines per ha. Produced from 100% merlot, this round textured wine shows aromas of accented, dark jammy fruit, licorice, and chocolate. 50% of the wine is aged in the cigar shaped barrels. With vines planted this closely, work in the vineyards can be exacting. According to the owner, Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the purpose of this density of planting is to show that quality Bordeaux can be produced from terroir outside the finest regions.

      88 points - Tasted
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  11. 2005 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)

    1. This is a serious contender for the best value Bordeaux wine from this legendary vintage! This is very easy to like, drink and afford wine is a true crowd pleaser. it's not going to make old bones and should be consumed in the the first 3- 5 years. But at this price, it's a steal as it runs about $12!

      88 points - Tasted
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