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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.

2016 white Château de Cruzeau label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon


2016 was one of the finest vintages in the past 20 years. Winter was exceptionally wet and mild, and it rained a great deal in spring until June. However, the weather changed radically in mid-June, turning warm and quite dry, with cool nights. Ideal conditions for growing excellent wine grapes!

Tasting Comment


2016 Château de Cruzeau has a lovely clear, brilliant, pale yellow colour.


The discreet, elegant nose features aromas of white flowers, lime blossom, citrus, and tropical fruit (pineapple), along with subtle empyreumatic overtones.  


Generous and full-bodied on the palate, successfully combining richness and freshness. The oak is quite understated. The balance is very attractive, as are the hints of white flowers, beautiful long aftertaset, and subtle lemon flavours on the finish. This delicious wine goes beautifully with veal, pasta, and fish.

Ratings and reviews

Vinous : 

The 2016 De Cruzeau Blanc has a light, clean grapefruit and orange zest nose that just needs a little more vigor. The palate is a little sweeter than I expect on the entry, displaying notes of mango and pineapple, but the acidity keeps everything in check, and there is impressive weight and persistence on the finish. Worth seeking out. [2019 – 2027] (Neal martin)

Guide des Vins de France Bettane et Desseauve : 
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

2018 Edition -

Jancisrobinson.com : 
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20
Decanter : 

A classic white Bordeaux nose of lovely crisp and fresh Sauvignon Blanc showing a floral, blossom character. It's juicy without being overdone, vinified and aged for 10 months in barrel with lees stirring which rounds off the Sauvignon Blanc aromatics. One of the fresher whites wines this year. Drinking Window 2018 – 2030. (Jane Anson)

James Suckling : 

Fruity and simple with cooked-apple and lemon character, a medium body and a clean finish.

Consumption period

2018 - 2027

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.

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