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Château de Cruzeau Red

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Nature has been especially generous to Château de Cruzeau, whose superb gravel rises with perfect sun exposure were predestined for winegrowing. Such natural gifts could only produce an elegant wine reflecting one of the finest terroirs in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The men and women who have made wine at Cruzeau since the 17th century have always worked hard to bring out its intrinsic personality and bouquet with hints of truffle and forest floor.


Château de Cruzeau red 2014 label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%

Weather

Winter and spring were very mild, but the summer of 2014 did not live up to our expectations: it rained heavily in July, and August was much cooler than usual. However, starting in September, a miraculous Indian summer with high temperatures, was very favourable to ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

This wine is a deep, purplish-red colour, with crimson highlights.

Nose

The bouquet is quite fine, featuring a subtle blend of red-berry fruit, including cherries, blackcurrants, and redcurrants, with hints of mint that make it lively and moreish. The oak is well-integrated, with hints of vanilla and toast, enhancing the perception of freshness and fruit.

Mouth

The initial impression on the palate is silky and full-bodied, with smooth tannin, giving it richness and volume. This wine is ideally partnered with duck. It is also delicious with chicken in tomato sauce, stuffed quail, and a range of cheeses. Gourmets will even find that its fresh-fruit aromas and smooth oak make a superb accompaniment to chocolate desserts…

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Spectator : 
30.03.2017

Web only - A solid bolt of cassis runs along, pincking up lively red licorice and briar notes along the way. Keeps a fleshy, slightly tarry edge through the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2020

Yvesbeck.com : 
01.02.2017

Ruby-red with garnet-red highlights. Youthful, deep, complex colour. Hints of blackcurrant and red fruit.  The wine starts out quite delicious and fresh on the palate. It goes on to show good body and a fine balance between well-integrated and slightly granular tannin and good acidity that provides structure and ageing potential. The aftertaste is quite fruity. This wine deserves to be aged for a while. Congratulations to the team at Château Cruzeau! Best enjoyed 2018-2026.

eRobertParker.com : 
04.05.2015
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

The Château Cruzeau 2014 has an elegant, harmonious and complex nose, classically tailored but with good fruit intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, delightful tobacco-tinged black fruit with a structured, masculine finish that is your typical “classic claret” made in accomplished fashion. I appreciate the style and terroir-expression already present here. (Neal Martin)

Vino : 
30.04.2015

En Primeur 2014 - Category: Very good.

Jancisrobinson.com : 
22.04.2015
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Pretty severe – no sweet fruit – but correct and fresh. Really tingling on the finish. Just falls away a little on the end. 2020-2030.

Decanter : 
13.04.2015

Tight fully extracted tannins, from André Lurton estate to the south of the appellation, at the limit of the Pessac-Léognan, from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Black fruit dominates, this is not an especially generous wine, but with firm full fruit, good structure and nicely knitted tannins. Drink: 2018-2025. (Jane Anson)

Consumption period

2019 - 2026

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Ground

Surface

71.00 ha

Soil

Ridges with deep gravel

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand or mechanical after manual sorting at the vine

Others

Graft stock

101.14 - Riparia Gloire - 3309

Plant food

Traditionnal, limited impact

Plant density

6,500 to 8,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

19 years

Grape variety

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot.

Pruning type

Double guyot with debudding

Fermentation

In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C

Malolactic

Yes

Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (30-40% new) with racking each trimester

Wine montage

Eggwhites

Maturing potential

Expressive between 3 and 6 years, can age up to 15 years.

Cellar master

Sébastien COGNY

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