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Croix de Justice is owned by Francois Dubernard, who owns another top, Right Bank Bordeaux value wine, Domaine du Bouscat, in the Bordeaux Superieur appellation. 2012 was the first vintage for this up-and-coming chateau in the satellite regions of the Right Bank, just outside of St. Emilion.
Croix de Justice Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
Croix de Justice comes from a small 2.5-hectare parcel of vines that is planted to 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc. The vines are a specific parcel from the vineyard of Chateau de Mole. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,800 vines per hectare. The terroir is clay and limestone soils like you can find in many St. Emilion vineyards.
A lot of effort goes into producing the wine of Croix de Justice. Following a five-day cold soak at 10 degrees Celsius, fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. The maceration period lasts close to one full month.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels. The wine of Croix de Justice is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage. Not much Chateau Croix de Justice is produced as the vineyard is small, and the yields are quite low. In fact, the average annual production is only about 600 cases per vintage.
When to Drink Croix de Justice, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Croix de Justice is better with at least 2-3 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Croix de Justice offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-10 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Croix de Justice with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Croix de Justice is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Croix de Justice is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Croix de Justice is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Croix de Justice Wine Tasting Notes
3 Vintages 3,080 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2015||Croix de Justice (Puisseguin-St. Émilion)|
Flowers, fresh fruit, minerality, ripe berries and opulent textures, this wine is lush on the palate with a lingering sweetness. Another Jeffrey Davies Selection Exclusive. 91 Points
1,074 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Croix de Justice (Puisseguin-St. Émilion)|
A real nice wine for the money. But what else would you expect when you take a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot from 35 year old vines, low yields of only 20 hectoliters per hectare and let it rip? Lots of fresh, black cherries, round textures, licorice and a blast of cocoa in the finish here. This wine is a Jeffrey Davies Selection Exclusive. 89-91 Pts
1,166 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2012||Croix de Justice (Puisseguin-St. Émilion)|
With boysenberry, chocolate, sweet cherries, good flesh, length and flavor in the finish. The wine was made from an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and reached 13.1% alcohol. All this and it sells for a Bordeaux value wine price! 88-90 Pts
840 Views Tasted May 1, 2014