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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.


2014 white château de Cruzeau label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

Sauvignon blanc 100%

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

Appearance

Lovely, clear, very pale yellow colour with green highlights.

Nose

Refined well-focused nose revealing ripe fruit aromas of white peach, nectarine, and lemon zest when swirled in the glass.

Mouth

Very pleasant thanks to an attractive richness and good body tempered by subtle acidity. Ripe fruit once again on the palate, accompanied by hints of grapefruit, pineapple, etc. The aftertaste shows some smoky overtones. This wine's elegance matches fish dishes beautifully.

Ratings and reviews

James Suckling : 
13.02.2017
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Aromas of gun flint and dried apples follow through to a medium body, tangy acidity and a fresh and clean finish. Drink now.

Wine Chronicles : 
05.01.2017
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Perhaps the Sauvignon Blanc is just a bit underripe? But overall there is such pleasing freshness that - especially after all those reds - this is just delicious! Bravo! (Panos Kakaviatos)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2015
 - Note : 
14.00 / 20

2016 Edition -

Le Point : 
21.05.2015
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

En Primeur 2014 - Nose of white fruit. Very crisp on the palate with good minerality. Fairly elegant, with good fruit and a salty flavour. (Jacques Dupont)

eRobertParker.com : 
04.05.2015
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 90.00 / 100

The Château Cruzeau Blanc 2014 has an attractive bouquet, the oak nicely integrated here with light hazelnut and citrus scents. The palate is fresh on the entry with good weight, a slight creaminess to the texture with a touch of tangy marmalade to finish things off. This has good potential and will provide pleasurable drinking over several years. (Neal Martin)

Le Figaro : 
01.05.2015
 - Note : 
14.00 / 20

A straightforward, honest Sauvignon Blanc in a lighter style.

Decanter : 
13.04.2015
 - Note : 
86.00 / 100

Apricot and white flowers on the nose, even soft roses, fresh acidity, heading to sour but kept on the right side by a lovely fleshy mid-palate helped by regular lees stirring. This is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Drink: 2015-2019. (Jane Anson)

The Wine Patriot : 
10.04.2015
 - Note : 
87.00 / 100

En Primeur 2014- (Antoon Laurent)

Consumption period

2015 - 2025

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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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