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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.

2013 Château de Cruzeau red label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet sauvignon 55% / Merlot 45%


There was record rainfall during the first half of 2013. Spring was very cool, even cold (May and June), and this caused a major delay in vine growth (flowering). Much more clement weather (warm and sunny) arrived in July and lasted until the harvest.

Tasting Comment


Intense dark clear garnet-red colour.


Fruity, well-defined, and finely-balanced bouquet featuring hints of redcurrant, strawberry, black grapes, with a slightly tangy, spicy side along with a coffee aroma.


Starts out smooth and round. Good length. Well-integrated, soft tannin. Fairly long finish with toasty, smoky overtones. The wine is already pleasant to drink, but will be even better in two or three years with duck, lamb, etc.

Ratings and reviews

Decanter : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Good clean fruit, but a little lean. Drink: 2016-2020. (Steven Spurrier)

Falstaff Magazin : 
 - Note : 
from 86.00 to 88.00 / 100

Dark, ruby and garnet-red colour, with purple highlights. The rim is rather fine and aqueous. The wine is altogether mature and delicate with dark berry fruit, fresh herb, and tobacco nuances. It is svelte on the palate with lively acidity and a lemony touch. There are sour cherries in the finish, and this wine provides uncomplicated drinking pleasure. (Peter Moser)

Consumption period

2018 - 2025

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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.