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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 2012
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

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


Spring was very trying, with considerable rainfall leading to fungal diseases of all sorts. This called for very close attention in the vines until the 14th of July, when the weather changed durably for the better.

Tasting Comment


2012 Château de Cruzeau has a lovely crimson colour with purplish highlights.


The nose is powerful, rich, and complex with smoky, fruity (cherry), and spicy (clove) nuances.


The taste starts out quite smooth, the middle palate is rich, and there is a beautiful, charming finish. Flavours of black fruit and spice (liquorice, clove) predominate, as well as an impression of sweetness that makes this a delicious, attractive wine. It will benefit from 2-3 years of further ageing, but is also quite enjoyable as of now with white meat in a sauce or bœuf bourguignon. 

Ratings and reviews

Jacques Benoît : 
 - Note : 
15.80 / 20

La Presse (Quebec city) - This Bordeaux rouge has proved to be reliable (you might say a pillar) in its category for decades. Deeply-coloured, but not opaque, it has vanilla (oak) overtones, as well as leather and tobacco notes it seems to me. Above average in terms of power  and quite tannic, but not to excess, it will gain from a year or two of ageing to integrate its oak. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45 % Merlot. Aged in oak barrels (50% new).

Le Guide Hachette : 

2016 Edition - Although rather discreet, the bouquet displays a certain complexity with aeration to reveal hints of fresh fruit (strawberry), flowers (violet), and spice (pepper).  The wine starts of very soft on the palate, going on to reveal a soft, silky, tannic texture. Rather light, but forthcoming and attractive thanks to its upfront fruitiness. 2015-2019. fourchette Roast veal.

Bettane et Desseauve : 

2016 Edition - Both the red and white wines from this estate are consistently good, very elegant and classic wines in the finest Pessac-Léognan tradition. Like the 2011, the 2012 red Château de Cruzeau is somewhat of a mixed bag. It has an extremely elegant nose and is smooth, round, aromatic, and vivacious on the palate.

Robert Parker : 

From the famous Lurton family, this property was founded and exploited brilliantly by the patriarch, André Lurton, and has always made very good red and white wine. This is generally a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Slightly herbaceous notes are somewhat surprising, but the nice tobacco notes interwoven with black cherry and blackcurrant are reassuring. This medium-bodied, spicy, earthy, classic Pessac Léognan is best drunk over the next decade. Drink : 2015-2025.

Paris Match : 
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Special Wines - Pure pleasure and an excellent price tag for this Bordeaux. Perfectly ripe and velvety. (Bettane & Desseauve) : 
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Sweet, black-fruited nose. Thick and rich. Very flattering – perhaps not the purest expression but it courts love. Ends with fresh dryness. Good effort. Drink 2016-2023.


Médaille or - Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Awards
Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015
médaille argent Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine 2015
Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine 2015
Challenge International du Vin de Blaye 2015
Challenge International du Vin 2015

Consumption period

2015 - 2027

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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.