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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 2009
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

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

Weather

While January and February were colder than average, 2009 was nevertheless a warm year (one of the warmest in a century). There was a great deal of sunshine and a remarkable drought during the summer months.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Dark, deep colour.

Nose

Highly intense nose of red and black fruits, a hint of cassis… underpinned by vanilla notes from skillful aging in oak.

Mouth

Upfront, the wine is attractive, smooth and remarkably balanced. Still a lot of fresh fruit, elegant and blending beautifully with vanilla and licorice notes. An impression of gradually increasing concentration denotes the wine's powerful character. A textbook Pessac-Léognan which will continue to mellow over the next few years, and marry well with a wide variety of dishes – enjoy with grilled lamb or a fattened hen with mushrooms.

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty) - André Lurton has reconstituted this estate since 1973 to reach a total of 101 hectares (70 ha of red wine varieties and 27 ha of white) on gravelly rises with clay-limestone pockets.  The white wines are aged for 10 months in barrel (35% new) and the reds for 12 months.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2012
 - Note : 

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2013 Edition - Promising, complex and elegant, with solid tannin, this 2009 red win displays smooth, well-integrated oak and has been awarded on star. It will be enjoyable to drink in three to five years.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2012
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Le Guide des vins de France 2013 - We loved the elegant nose with its ripe fruit and polished minerality. Straightforward, attractive, well-structured on the palate, and shows flawless balance.

The Wine Spectator : 
31.03.2012
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Very racy, with a sanguine frame to the delicious core of red currant damson plum and linzer torte notes. Long with tar and juniper lingering through the finish. Drink now through 2018. (James Molesworth)

The Wine Spectator : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 92.00 / 100

Sweet berry and floral aromas follow through to a full body, with rich and fruity flavors, cream and vanilla oak character and a long finish. Will come together nicely. (James Suckling)

Jancisrobinson.com : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Another André Lurton property. Lively and fresh and racy – a little leaner than its Couhins-Lurton stablemate. A hint of green oak. Drink 2015- 2027.

Consumption period

2013 - 2025

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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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