Chateau Cruzeau Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2017

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Chateau Cruzeau Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2017

Country - France

Region - Bordeaux

Grape Varieties - Merlot 83%, Cabernet Franc 17%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Château Cruzeau

Tasting notes - Château Cruzeau is a Grand Cru Saint Emilion of great finesse and character, showing ripe dark berried fruits complemented by cedar, spice, savoury notes and subtle hints of vanilla. The ripe black fruits are underpinned by a hint of liquorice. Smooth on the palate, the wine is harmoniously balanced with velvety tannins and has a long, elegant finish. 

Awards
90 pts, James Suckling, 2022

Chateau Cruzeau Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2017

An approachable and well flavoured Bordeaux with
classic earthy, cedar and tobacco notes and a balanced
finish.
Producer Note
The Château is not only architecturally impressive, but it has an equally impressive
winemaking history. The castle was built in the 16th century and attests to the presence
of vines having been planted around it in 1785. It became the property of the Luquot
family in 1907 and has subsequently been managed by the family and handed down
through the generations. The Luquot family has invested in the vineyard and the cellar
with the aim of expressing the authentic quality of their unique soils. The Château is
now in the hands of the fourth generation who continues to invest and produces a
wine which is truly expressive of this historic Grand Cru terroir.
Vintage
Overall winter was slightly warmer than average, although January was extremely cold
and dry. A warm spring encouraged early budburst, with mild conditions continuing in
April. However, late April saw temperatures suddenly drop and extreme frost occurred,
resulting in the lowest yield across Bordeaux in 25 years. May brought sunshine and
warmer temperatures, resulting in successful flowering and good weather continued
throughout June. Summer saw some heat spikes, with rainfall at the end providing relief
for the vines. The 2017 wines tend to be well balanced with a good fruit-forward
character.
Vineyard
The vineyard is located in the heart of the Saint Emilion Grand Cru appellation and
covers four hectares. The vines have an average age of 40 years and are grown in a
sandy alluvium soil, which produces a slightly lighter style of wine. The vineyard is
situated at the convergence of two rivers, which creates a unique microclimate and
the viticulture is carefully managed accordingly. Cultivated sustainably, the estate is
certified Haute Valeur Environmentale (HVE) level 3 certification, which officially
recognises the environmental performance of winegrowers, including biodiversity
conservation, plant protection strategies, managed fertiliser use and water resource
management. The harvest is undertaken manually each vintage.
Winemaking
The grapes were carefully sorted upon arrival at the cellar. Traditional vinification took
place in stainless steel tanks under temperature controlled conditions. Maceration
lasted for four weeks, extracting the desired level of flavour, aromas and fine tannins to
impart structure to the wine. Matured for 16 months: 60% of the wine was aged in
French oak barriques, of which 10% were new and 50% in barrels of one-year; the
remaining 40% was aged in tank.
Tasting Note
Château Cruzeau is a Grand Cru Saint-Emilion of great finesse and character, showing
ripe dark berried fruits complemented by toasted notes of cedar and spice. Silky on the
palate, the ripe black fruits and Morello cherry notes are enveloped by well-integrated
oak, it is harmoniously balanced with supple tannins and a long, elegant finish.
Grape
Merlot 73%, Cabernet Franc 27%

Awards
90 pts, James Suckling, 2022

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