Friday, September 28, 2012

Chateau Croix-Mouton Jean-Philippe Janoueix 2009 Bordeaux Superieur

Vins français ? J'ai peur d'eux ? Non ! Voyez, je boire et profiter ! 
Chateau Croix-Mouton 2009 Bordeaux Superieur $15.29-$17.99, 90 points, is arguably a great and reasonable French table wine. Maybe better than a table wine. If you get a chance to try this, let me know what you think.
I believe the varietals are: 87% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, and 1% petit verdot.

Crystal clear ruby-cranberry red in color.
The aroma is fruity with leather and earth.
Having a medium-plus body that carries a noticeably aciditic and tannic dry red wine that won't please everyone, but there's excitement in this wine, there's hidden virtues that only time will squeeze out of this cellar-able gem, but in the mean time there's plenty of blackberry, black cherry, and boysenberry to keep the fruit lovers happy, and the finish is fair on spice and a hint of heat (14% alcohol) to keep us Zinfandel/Syrah loves happy too.
The overall flavor is delicious and the texture is sufficiently smooth with just a touch of edginess to reveal a bit of its wild character.
Do I seem happy about this wine? Yes I am, because the price is fair and the quality is there too, though as far as I can tell, this M is only loved by a few. So, the wine exploration goes on, and I'll ferret-out some of these self-declared gems for myself, and if you're inclined, for you too.


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