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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 2011
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet sauvignon 55% / Merlot 43% / Cabernet franc 2%.

Weather

Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Château de Cruzeau has great south-facing sun exposure and the sunshine in 2011 was conducive to complete ripening. This resulted in wine that coats the glass with a magnificent, very deep crimson hue. 

Nose

Tasted shortly after bottling, it was already extremely elegant, with vanilla fragrances complemented by red fruit, vanilla, and raspberry aromas.

Mouth

This vintage proves once again that Château de Cruzeau is a wine that benefits from ageing. The powerful tannin has a velvety texture and is altogether delicious. The promising aftertaste shows that this wine will be perfect in three or four years with game or meat in a sauce, for instance, or stuffed quail!

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2014

2015 Edition - Rich and spicy with toasty oak and a fine structure implying good ageing potential. 2017/2022.

Robert Parker : 
02.05.2014
 - Note : 
88.00 / 100

Part of the large empire of Andre Lurton, the 2011 Cruzeau is a nearly equal part blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It reveals an attractive textural mouthfeel along with medium to full body, good ripeness, and smoky, black currant and licorice characteristics. This full, flavorful, supple Pessac-Leognan should continue to gain complexity over the next decade. It is another sleeper of the vintage.

Medals

Hong kong international wine and spirits bronze medal
Bronze
Hong kong international wine and spirits 2014
concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine 2014 (bronze)
Bronze
Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine 2014
silver medal - 2014 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver
Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014

Consumption period

2013 - 2026

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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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