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 the chateaux in the greater Pomerol region from the 1930s. La Croix, La Croix Saint Georges, La Confession, Haut Sarpe and Croix Mouton belong to the branched family. Today Joseph’s son Jean-Philippe Janoueix is responsible for the wineries. He is a master of extreme dense planting (resulting in limited yield per plant), organic vineyard work and very ripe fruit. La Confession is only about 2.5 hectares. 7000 vines per hectare (50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) in Saint Emilion on clay-limestone soils, extremely densely planted. Vines over 40 years old. Always harvested when ripe and matured in smaller Burgundian style barriques. Only 30 hl/ha yield. Dense finesse with high fruit intensity. Great and very individual wines. A Pomerol style Saint Emilion.
This is the debut vintage for a new garage operation from Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the man behind the brilliant wines of Chambrun (Lalande de Pomerol) as well as La Croix St.-Georges (Pomerol).
This 7-acre vineyard has an unusual planting of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. All the fashionable winemaking techniques (fermentation in small open top Taransaud fermenters, punching down, malolactic in barrel, lees aging, no fining or filtration) are utilized..