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Château de Cruzeau White

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Hand picking, whole grape pressing, and fermentation and ageing in oak barrels with bâtonnage (lees stirring) are but a few of the quality-oriented winemaking practices enabling us to make the most of superb grapes. Featuring fruity and floral overtones, this wine consistently leaves the impression of a vivacious, distinguished wine.


label of 2020 Château de Cruzeau white
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc

Weather

2020 was marked by very mild temperatures and contrasting precipitation: heavy spring rainfall was followed by an intense summer drought. The fairly mild winter led to early bud break. The summer heat gave way to cool nights in late August, ideal for ripening grapes.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Clear, brilliant colour, with a nice pale yellow hue and some silver highlights.

Nose

The nose is expressive, fresh, very aromatic, marked by notes of white fruit (peach, nectarine, pear); all slightly lemony and associated with a very discreet woodiness.

Mouth

The attack is supple. On the palate, it is a wine with a nice structure, a good balance, freshness and fatness. Notes of white fruit, but also of citrus (lemon) dominate the palate. The oak is well integrated. Good length. This Château de Cruzeau 2020 is an elegant wine. It will be a pleasure to drink as an aperitif, with a ballotine of salmon, a blanquette of veal or a Comté cheese.

Ratings and reviews

Markus Del Monego : 
06.05.2021
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, starfruit, apricots and cloudberries, peonies and hints of Buxus  in the background, subtle oak. On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, aromatic herbs, hints of Buxus, subtle oak with a whiff of vanilla. Well structured with convincing length.

Jancisrobinson.com : 
02.05.2021
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Sweaty notes with white flowers and grapefruit on the nose. Nice refreshing acidity and a clean textural note. Quite detailed and a very clean, pure lime-drenched finish, rather good! (Alistair Cooper)

Jane Anson : 
01.05.2021
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

This has long been one of my 'insider picks' for the whites of Bordeaux and it is successful again this year, although a little more concentrated than in some years, with bitter almond hints on the finish. Majors on sculpted fruits and gentle citrus flavours. Drinking Window 2021 - 2028.

Vinous : 
05.04.2021
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100

The 2020 Château de Cruzeau Blanc has a perfumed nose of yellow plum, nectarine and honeysuckle scents and hints of Swiss roll, all quite irresistible. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity; crisp red apple and orange zest intermingle with pithy pear notes toward the finish. This is a delicious Pessac-Léognan in the making.

Medals

silver medal - Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2022
Silver
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2022

Consumption period

2022 - 2026

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Ground

Surface

27.00 ha

Soil

Ridges with deep gravel with zones of clay-limestone.

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand

Others

Graft stock

101.14 - Riparia gloire - 3309

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact.

Plant density

6,500 to 8,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

18 years

Grape variety

Sauvignon blanc

Pruning type

Double guyot

Fermentation

on sediments in oak barrels

Fermentation temperature

18 to 23°C

Malolactic

No

Wine maturing

For 10 months in oak barrels (35% new) on full lees with bâtonnage

Maturing potential

Subject to vintage, between 2 to 15 years.

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