Château Croix-Mouton

Jean-Philippe Janoueix is the young owner/winemaker behind this estate, making impressive modern-styled claret.

The vineyard of 70 hectares has an average vine age of 37 years, and produces low yields. Planting is 92% merlot, 7.5% cabernet franc and 0.5% petit verdot on two soil types: argilo-limoneux (alluvial clay) on 65 hectares and argilo-calcaire (chalky clay) on 5 hectares.

A great effort is made in the vineyards including ploughing of the soil, controlled grass growth, cluster thinning at the beginning of veraison, leaf thinning based on the different needs of the varieties and the sorting of the fruit at harvest to ensure that only the best reaches the gravity-fed vats.

The assemblage is 95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc, fermented in both concrete and stainless steel. In the cellar a mixture of cigar-shaped barrels (which maximise lees contact in the wine) as well as the more traditional type are used.