Friday, 14 September 2007

TN : Chateau de Cruzeau 2004, Pessac-Leognan, France

Château de Cruzeau is situated between Martillac and St Médard d'Eyrans in the south of the Pessac-Léognan appellation in the Graves region. It is an old estate which appears on amap drawn up by Belleyme in 1760.

In 1841, the review “Le Producteur” gave it Premier Cru status for both whites and reds. On high, south-facing hillsides, the vineyard is planted in deep gravelly soil, whose pebbles are thickly strewn. Some of the buildings date from the 18th century, though the château itself was built in 1912.

Purchased in 1973 by André Lurton, and since entirely restored, the estate today comprises 101 hectares.

The wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The vines are double guyot pruned and the grapes are hand harvested. The grapes are fermented in oak barrels at a temperature between 18 and 23 degrees. There is no malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured in oak barrels for 10 months (35% new oak) on full lees with stiring. The wine was fined using cold tartaric precipitation.

The consultant was Denis Dubourdieu.

This wine was awarded 5 out of 5 stars by Decanter magazine.

The wine was imported into Sweden by Bibendum.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Faint, citrus, nutty, oak

Taste : Dull, creamy, lemon, mineral

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 120 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Andre Lurton
Website : Bibendum

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