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Château de Cruzeau White

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 château de Cruzeau white 2010
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc.

Weather

Winter was harsh (many days with frost) and spring rather chilly. There was a great deal of sunshine in 2010 and a long period of drought from 21 June to late September, which was favourable for ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Pure Sauvignon, brilliant pale gold colour.

Nose

Crafted using state-of-the-art techniques, the wine reveals delicious aromas of tropical fruits, lychee and yellow peach.

Mouth

Upfront, the wine is intense and fruity, with an enveloping richness which brings an attractive balance. Impressive opulence and persistence, with lingering, succulent grapefruit and peach. This is a wine to drink with top-class seafood or cheeses, or even with curried gambas. (Janvier 2012)

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Spectator : 
01.09.2013

Web only - Sports some ripeness, offering Jonagold apple and guava fruit laced with citrus oil, honeysuckle and green almond notes. The long finish features a buried fleur de sel hint. A bit squared-off in the end. Drink now through 2014. (James Molesworth)

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2012
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2013 Edition - Dedicated for generations to the Sauvignon grape, this vast estate (97 hectares under vine) at the south end of the appellation is one of the many belonging to André Lurton. His 2010 is a fine expression of both the varietal and the terroir, sand and gravel over fine chalk. A brilliant straw colour,  it blends a hint of toasty oak with ripe peach notes. Elegant upfront, complex, it develops a powerful alliance of opulence and vivacity in a balanced ensemble leading to a long, delicately minty finish. Try it with a salad of fresh-caught halibut.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2012
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Le Guide des vins de France 2013 - Delicately fruity, spicy and mineral. A classic, well-made wine with excellent balance thanks to its delicious freshness. A beautiful bottle and a benchmark for the estate.

Le Point : 
15.05.2011
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Fresh, slight bitterness mid-palate, succulent, fresh pineapple, sappy, delicious, good length and freshness. Drink from 2012. Should last 8 years. (Jacques Dupont)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
15.05.2011
 - Note : 
from 14.00 to 15.00 / 20

Highly expressive nose, intensely smoky, mineral, and tropical fruits. The palate is full, dense, tightly-knit, with plenty of fruit, vivacity and good balance.

The Wine Spectator : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 91.00 / 100

Fresh and inviting, with unadorned gooseberry, lime and lemon curd notes and a lively finish.There's not too much cut, but this is pure and focused. (James Molesworth)

Consumption period

2013 - 2020

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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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