J Janoueix La Croix Pomerol 2016
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One of the Superstars in the Pomerol
Born in 1867, Jean Janoueix came to Bordeaux in 1898 and founded a wine trading company. His son is the legendary Joseph Janoueix who bought most of Chateaux in the Greater Pomerol Region from 1930 onwards. The family now owns Chateaux La Croix, La Croix Saint Georges, La Confession, Clos des Litanies, Haut Sarpe and Croix Mouton. Today Joseph’s son Jean-Philippe Janoueix is responsible for the wineries. Jean Philippe, often mentioned as ‘one of the superstars in the Pomerol’ ensures the yields per plant are restricted, the work in the vineyard is organic and the fruit is harvested when they are truly ripe. The vineyards total 10 acres which are planted with 60% Merlot and 20% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Concentrated and Complex
In good vintages La Croix is among the most classic wines in the Pomerol. They age gracefully and are extremely well balanced and elegant.The 2016 is already drinkable but has a long life ahead! This wine can be described as ‘concentrated and complex’ which means there is a lot to discover in each sip. First there is the fruit intensity of forest fruit and cherries. Then there are aromas of black pepper, leather, black truffle and tobacco. On your tongue you can feel the tension between freshness, acidity, natural sweetness and silky tannins. Both delicate and powerful, a sensual wine!