20 Mille Bordeaux Superieur Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about 20 Mille Bordeaux Superieur, with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn about the best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

20 Mille History, Overview

20 Mille, the Bordeaux Superieur vineyard owned by Jean-Philippe Janoueix takes its name from the density of the vines per hectare planted in the vineyard. In 2000, Jean Philippe Janoueix planted 20,000 vines per hectare in deep clay and alluvial soils.

He did this to show how he could get the most of this moderate terroir with 20 Mille, as he was convinced that high density plantings were the answer.

20 Mille Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The small 1.4 hectare 20 Mille is planted to 100% old vine Merlot.The vineyard is really a parcel selection of the best terroir in the much larger vineyard of Chateau Croix Mouton. The vineyard is planted on Riparia rootstock. It is important to note, because here, that rotstock is what is used to achieve this high level of planting density.

The vineyard is planted to a density as the name implies at 20,000 vines per hectare. The vines are incredibly packed. In fact the minimal distance between each vine is only 80 centimeters.

The rows are packed even tighter. Each row is only separated by a tiny distance of 60 centimeters, making it difficult to farm, but the end result is naturally, lower yields. The terroir is clay, limestone and rocky soils.

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As you can see, 20 Mille is a serious, spare no expense winery. The entire works of the soil and the vines are done manually as no engine driven vehicle can penetrate between the rows of vines.

Part of the vineyard management techniques include controlled deliberate grass growth. Two cluster thinnings (one at the closure of the grape, and one at the beginning of veraison) and the leaves are thinned at both sides.

To produce the wine of 20 Mille, whole berry fermentation takes place in 60 hectoliter wood vats. Punching of the cap every 6 hours during alcoholic fermentation, temperature during alcoholic fermentation are between 27/28 degrees Celsius.

Jean Philippe Janoueix prefers filling of the barrels heated at the same temperature as the wine. Malolactic fermentation takes place in new French oak barrels.

The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels that is a combination of 50% regular shaped barrels and 50% of the cigar shaped barrels favored Janoueix. The wine is aged on its lees for 6 months. No fining, no filtration. Close to 500 cases of 20 Mille are produced each vintage.

When to Drink Chateau 20 Mille, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

20 Mille can be enjoyed on the young side with 1 hour to 90 minutes of decanting. The wine is usually better with 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. In the best years, the wine will best between 7-12 years of age after the vintage.

Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving 20 Mille with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

20 Mille is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. 20 Mille is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

20 Mille is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Jean Philippe Janoueix owns several wines from vineyards in the Right Bank including Chateau La Croix St. Georges and Sacre Coeur in Pomerol, La Confession in Saint Emilion, as well as Cap St. George from St. Georges, St. Emilion and Croix Mouton, a Bordeaux Superieur.

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Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) Wine Tasting Notes

20 Vintages 63,699 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2018Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

It is going to be hard to find a better value wine in Bordeaux than this. The wine is forward, round and fruity with black plum and floral notes. Drink this young for the fruit as well as for the pleasure. Produced from 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. 87-89 Pts

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2017Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)85

Made for simple pleasure, this wine is harmonious and soft -- perfect for straightforward, early drinking. Produced from 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this is the 20th vintage for the estate, commemorated with a special label for the 2017 bottling.

1,577 Views   Tasted
2016Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

Dark in color, the wine is round, sweet, juicy and forward. There is a lot of fruit here that goes well the licorice, smoke and black cherry accents. This should be a charmer on release.

1,142 Views   Tasted
2016Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)86

Medium bodied, with a forward, bright, strawberry and black raspberry nose. Sweet, juicy and open, this is a wine to drink in its youth.

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2015Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90

Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine reached 14.4% alcohol with a spicy edge to its round textured, espresso, cocoa plum and licorice personality. Fresh; sweet and with a touch of oak in the round finish, this is the best vintage yet for 20 Mille.

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2015Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

If there is a better value in Bordeaux wine today, buy it! I’ve looked and it is going to be hard to find. In 2015, you find better levels of fruit, sweetness and softer textures than before. The fruits are clean, ripe and fresh with a forward character.

2,518 Views   Tasted
2014Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine is 13.8% alcohol. Cherries and dark chocolate on the nose, with an open, round character, and sweet, black cherry finish. 88-90 Pts

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2014Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)85

Peppery black raspberries on the nose, the wine is soft and approachable with a nice, easy drinking, black cherry note in the finish. Blending 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol. This remains one of the most consistent value driven wines in all of Bordeaux. 84-86 Pts

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2013Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

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

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2013Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)85

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

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2012Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

With a lush, approachable, black cherry and chocolate character, the wine is in the right place for current consumption.

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

1,386 Views   Tasted 88
2012Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

Showing secondary characteristics, this soft, supple, medium bodied, easy to like, crowd pleaser will be best over the next 2-4 years.

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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

3,547 Views   Tasted 87
2011Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

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

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2011Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)86

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

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2010Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90

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

3,839 Views   Tasted
2010Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

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

5,966 Views   Tasted
2009Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

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.

2,767 Views   Tasted
2009Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

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.

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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.

5,497 Views   Tasted 85
2005Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)  (Bordeaux Supérieur)83

Slightly past its peak, with tobacco and olive tapenade notes in the finish, the wine requires consumption before the remaining fruit fades.

2,608 Views   Tasted

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!

2,763 Views   Tasted 88
2005Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

Soft, smooth and fully mature, the wine has retained its round texture and sweetness. There is no reason to age it any longer. If you have any bottles, pop a cork!

2,700 Views   Tasted