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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 2011
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Fresh and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon blanc 100%.


Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment


This wine’s pale golden highlights seem to have captured the sun's rays…


Entirely made from Sauvignon blanc, it has typical varietal aromas of tropical fruit (passion fruit).


The wine is quite smooth on the palate, with a delicate tang that gives decided freshness to the ripe fruit. Understated, barely perceptible oak adds further complexity. This wine is very attractive as of now. Served not too cold, it is ideal as an aperitif and with salads or seafood dishes.

Ratings and reviews

Robert Parker : 
 - Note : 
88.00 / 100

Part of the large empire of Andre Lurton, the 2011 Cruzeau is a nearly equal part blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It reveals an attractive textural mouthfeel along with medium to full body, good ripeness, and smoky, black currant and licorice characteristics. This full, flavorful, supple Pessac-Leognan should continue to gain complexity over the next decade. It is another sleeper of the vintage.

e.RobertParker.com : 
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100
Le Guide Hachette : 
 - Note : 


2011 white Château Cruzeau, this pure Sauvignon Blanc also obtained one star.  It features a wide range of aromas (lemon, pineapple, vanilla and toasty overtones) and is very rich, fresh and long on the palate. 

Bettane et Desseauve : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Lots of fruit here as well as beautiful minerality. An opulent, charming, very aromatic white wine. Perfectly balanced with just the right amount of vivaciousness.

The Wine Spectator : 

Web only - Lively, with salted butter, chamomile and peach flavors, featuring a fresh, grapefruit rind-tinged finish. Drink now through 2014. (James Molesworth)

Anthocyanins : 

Aromatic citrus bouquet. A lovely clean, elegant, rich wine, ideal with food.

Tast : 
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Totally elegant, fruity, mineral and vivacious, this is a particularly pleasant dry white, balance and charming.


Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine 2014 (bronze)
Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine 2014
New York World Wine and Spirits Competition
New york World Wine and Spirits Competition 2013

Consumption period

2013 - 2020

Our suggestions




27.00 ha


Ridges with deep gravel with zones of clay-limestone.


Grape harvest

By hand


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


on sediments in oak barrels

Fermentation temperature

18 to 23°C



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.