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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.


2013 château de Cruzeau white label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc

Weather

There was record rainfall during the first half of 2013. Spring was very cool, even cold (May and June), and this caused a major delay in vine growth (flowering). Much more clement weather (warm and sunny) arrived in July and lasted until the harvest.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

This 2013 pure Sauvignon Blanc is a pale yellow colour with green and silver highlights.

Nose

The nose is mineral, very expressive, and typical of its origin, with hints of green apple, grapefruit, and white flowers.

Mouth

The wine starts out assertively on the palate, but has great balance. It also features good volume, fruit, acidity, freshness, and length. A brilliant example of Sauvignon Blanc from a great terroir in Pessac-Léognan, and ideal with sushi, codfish, and mussels. 

Ratings and reviews

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2015

2016 Edition - The 2013 white is very pure and fruity, with hints of reseda and lime blossom. The wine is full-bodied, flavoursome, and long on the palate, with crystal-clear focus. 

Guide Hubert : 
30.04.2015
 - Note : 
4.00 / 5

2015/2016 Edition - Expressive, very aromatic nose of reseda, lime blossom, and mango. Crystal-clear, as well as full-bodied, vivacious, and well-balanced on the palate, with a long aftertaste. 

Bettane et Desseauve : 
14.04.2014
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Exuberant nose of ripe white fruit and sweet spice. Full-bodied on the palate. Beautifully taut and with a strong personality.

Decanter : 
14.04.2014
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Good clear fruit, freshness and acidity. Drink: 2014-2015. (Steven Spurrier)

Falstaff Magazin : 
01.04.2014
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 89.00 / 100

Light green with silver highlights. A hint of pink grapefruit along with smoky, slightly reductive, citrus zest nuances. Smooth, lively, and deep on the palate with some tropical fruit, as well as a lemony aftertaste and a salty-mineral finish. (Peter Moser)

Medals

médaille argent Challenge International du Vin Blaye 2016
Argent
Challenge International du Vin 2016

Consumption period

2015 - 2022

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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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