2008 Croix Mouton

 

If you are looking for a good quality red Bordeaux without breaking the bank, then I’ve got just the wine for you.  Croix Mouton is under the impressive wine stable of Jean Phillipe Janoueix and is from a vineyard just west of St. Emilion on the right bank in Bordeaux. It was formerly known simply as “Mouton” but the infamous, Mouton Rothschild objected to this, and made them change their name a couple years ago.  I don’t know if they are mocking the big 1st growth, but Croix Mouton changes the design of the “M” on the label every year much like Mouton Rothschild change the artist of their label every year .  I found this quite amusing, but all joking aside, this wine is serious value and is seriously yummy.  It is made from mostly Merlot, with this 2008 vintage there was 87% merlot, and 13% cabernet franc.  It is a silky, seductive claret ready for early drinking but will certainly keep for 3 to 5 years.  What’s even better is this wine is as extremely affordable, retailing for only 10£ per bottle in the UK, and 20$ in the US.  It is widely available, and should be bought in every vintage.  Not all wine from Bordeaux is expensive 🙂 Highly recommended.  my rating 89 points…I also bought some mags of the 2009 vintage which I will review hopefully around Christmas time….try Bordeaux Index or Jeroboams in the UK…

 

 

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