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Château de Cruzeau Red

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 château de Cruzeau red 2005
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 55% / Merlot 43% / Cabernet Franc 2%.

Weather

The weather was ideal in 2005 and produced a superb vintage in Bordeaux. It was exceptionally dry for the region from winter to autumn. Sunshine was substantial starting in late spring. Summer temperatures were high, but there was nothing approaching a heat wave.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Garnet, good density.

Nose

The nose is open, with dark chocolate notes.

Mouth

Dense upfront, coffee and ripe fruit. Good tannic structure, licorice finish. Deserves to age a few more years in bottle before drinking.

Ratings and reviews

Robert Parker : 
30.06.2015
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

From the famous empire builder and château owner André Lurton, Cruzeau’s 2005 is a soft, cedary, graphite-laden wine with an inky purple color, medium to full body, and soft tannins in a forward, opulent style. This is a beauty from Cruzeau and one of the best I have tasted from this property. Drink it over the next 4-7 years. Drink: 2015 – 2022.

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty) -

Decanter : 
01.12.2009
 - Note : 
17.33 / 20
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Smoky, cedary, mineral nose. Rich, dark cassis fruit. Smoky-smooth palate. From 2014.

Other : 
21.11.2009
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La Presse Montréal - This is an old friend, always well crafted, particularly so in this excellent vintage. Has body, already displays mature characteristics and for this reason can be enjoyed now, even though it will last a good few years more.

Decanter : 
01.12.2008
 - Note : 
17.33 / 20
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Hight recommanded - Smoky cedary, mineral nose. Rich dark cassis fruit. Smoky smooth palate. Plenty of depth. Fine but firm tannins. From 2014-2024.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.03.2008
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

This shows crushed berry on the nose, with hints of sweet tobacco and cedar. Full – to medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a coffee, toasty oak and ripe fruit aftertaste. Subtle and interesting. Best after 2012.

The Wine Spectator : 
30.06.2006
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

Lots of blackberry and violet aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate with soft tannins and a medium finish. (James Suckling)

Medals

2010 LAIWS silver
Argent
Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010

Consumption period

2013 - 2020

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Ground

Surface

71.00 ha

Soil

Ridges with deep gravel

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand or mechanical after manual sorting at the vine

Others

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

Fermentation

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

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C

Malolactic

Yes

Wine maturing

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

Wine montage

Eggwhites

Maturing potential

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

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