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Château de Cruzeau Red

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Nature has been especially generous to Château de Cruzeau, whose superb gravel rises with perfect sun exposure were predestined for winegrowing. Such natural gifts could only produce an elegant wine reflecting one of the finest terroirs in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The men and women who have made wine at Cruzeau since the 17th century have always worked hard to bring out its intrinsic personality and bouquet with hints of truffle and forest floor.

label of 2020 Château de Cruzeau red
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 55% / Cabernet Sauvignon 45%


2020 was marked by very mild temperatures and contrasting precipitation: heavy spring rainfall was followed by an intense summer drought. The fairly mild winter led to early bud break. The summer heat gave way to cool nights in late August, ideal for ripening grapes.

Tasting Comment


Beautiful red colour with purple reflexions. Deep colour.


Fresh fruit on the nose, red fruits (cherry, strawberry, raspberry). On aeration, a few vanilla notes emerge from the glass. There is very little evidence of barrel ageing. It is really the fruit that dominates the nose.


The attack is marked by a nice touch of sweetness and some woody notes. The mid-palate is characterised by a lot of roundness, with the fruit notes quickly masking the woody notes and dominating the palate. It is a fresh wine, full of finesse and elegance. It can be enjoyed with smoked duck breast on toast, mushroom risotto or beef and potato fricassee.

Ratings and reviews

Yves Beck : 
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100

Elegant bouquet, well typed, revealing fruity, spicy and floral nuances. Fresh and elegant character in the mouth. The wine is pleasant, balanced and well supported by its tannins. The finish is also fruity and spicy, with good persistence. A wine that can be enjoyed in its youth, but which has a very respectable potential. 2024-2034.

Markus Del Monego : 
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Very appealing nose with fine fruit reminiscent of blackcurrants and mulberries, hints of mild spices and subtle oak in the background. On the palate ripe and silky tannins, juicy fruit, subtle oak and hints of mild spices. A wine with freshness and very good length. : 
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Cask sample. Rich and creamy compote nose, with a note of graphite and pencil lead. The tannins are very fine and well managed, supporting the medium-bodied and moderate intensity of fruit. Attractive and well balanced in a juicy succulent style. Drink 2023 - 2032. (Alistair Cooper)

Jane Anson : 
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

Another wine that shows it is really worth paying attention to the new regime at Domaines André Lurton under his son Jacques Lurton. This is a successful Pessac-Léognan with a berry fruit focus, gentle extraction and some chewy and slightly chalky tannins that run along the palate, giving frame but not constricting the fruit. This feels like it has a way to go, and has a juicy finish. Drinking Window 2024 - 2042.

Vinous : 
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100

- Antonio Galloni -

Consumption period

2022 - 2032

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71.00 ha


Ridges with deep gravel


Grape harvest

By hand or mechanical after manual sorting at the vine


Graft stock

101.14 - Riparia Gloire - 3309

Plant food

Traditionnal, limited impact

Plant density

6,500 to 8,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

19 years

Grape variety

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot.

Pruning type

Double guyot with debudding


In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C



Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (30-40% new) with racking each trimester

Maturing potential

Expressive between 3 and 6 years, can age up to 15 years.