CHÂTEAU LE CROCK
2014 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
Yes, this claret is very young but it’s already approachable so I’m tempted to suggest buying a case and drinking it at intervals over the next few years. Château le Crock offers such good value. Situated in St Estèphe, it is owned by the same family as Leoville-Poyferré. A favourie with the L&S crew as well as with me. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Dec 2019)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. 33% new oak for 18 months. Deep crimson with darkest core. Lightly leafy, cedary aroma and the oak shows a little on the palate still, with thicker tannins and a slight chocolate taste. Firm and chewy. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Jul 2019)
Le Crock is a property that just keeps improving. Owned by the Cuveliers of Chateau Léoville Poyferré for over a century, this is becoming a firm favourite of ours in St Estephe. 2014 was a lovely vintage here and this is immediately attractive. Very pretty fruit on the nose and a great middle which is brilliantly ripe without being over-done - this has real class and there is a poise to the classic northern Medoc structure too. This simply tastes like Claret should. Spicy with dark fruit and yet lovely poise and subtle drive.L&S(Jun 2017)
The 2014 Le Crock is just missing a little detail on the nose: broody, dark berry fruit, hints of graphite but it is missing some charm. The palate is medium-bodied with suppler tannin than its peers. There is plenty of tobacco and spice tinged black fruit with clove and white pepper towards the finish, but overall I would be seeking more precision. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 87 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Mar 2018)
Château Le Crock
Bought by the Cuvelier Family at 1903, Château Le Crock is situated in the Médoc, in Saint Estèphe. The Château dates from 1750 and is surrounded by magnificent gardens. The vines stretch over 33 hectares (82 acres) and touch two of the most prestigious châteaus of the appellation, Château Cos d’Estournel and Château Montrose. Grape Varieties: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot.
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