|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
This wine is structured and dense, with dusty tannins as well as full-bodied black plum flavors. Made by the winemaking team of Château Léoville Poyferré in Saint-Julien, the wine has good ageing potential. Drink from 2023 Rating: 93 The Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com (Jun 2020)
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The 2017 Le Crock, owned by the soon-to-be retired Didier Cuvelier, is matured in 25% new oak. It has a straightforward, slightly earthy bouquet with light sea spray scents infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, slightly glossy in style with lightly spiced black and red fruit and a splash of Hoisin towards the short finish. Give this Le Crock three or four years and you should have a decent, quite concentrated Saint-Estèphe. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2018)
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc. When the 2020 cru bourgeois classification gets underway later this year, they will apply for the new (reinstated) Exceptionnel category, for which they have to show five vintages. Mid cherry red. Subtle on the nose, a nice dusty touch. Beautifully lifted and fragrant. Juicy, supple and with lovely tangy dark-red fruit on the palate. Paper-fine tannins, in many layers, and a long, fresh, juicy finish. Fresh to a long finish. Delicious and likely to be GV. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)
A Cuvelier-owned estate with 32ha of vines that escaped the frost, yielding 50hl/ha. The talented oenologist Isabelle Davin and consultant Michel Rolland have delivered another St-Estèphe success, with plump, rich and ripe fruits. There's not a lot to worry about here - it's not especially long or layered, but it has excellent fruit integrity and a ripe tannic structure, offering lots of pleasure. For the best value this year St-Estèphe seems to be the go-to appellation. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. 3.7pH. 70 IPT. 33% new oak. Buy. Drinking range: 2025 - 2036 Rating: 90 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)
Château Le Crock
Château Le Crock is in Saint Estèphe in the northern Médoc. The imposing current Château was built by the Merman family at the beginning of the nineteenth century and is surrounded by magnificent gardens. The vineyard is around 33 hectares (82 acres) and touches two of the most prestigious châteaux of the appellation, Château Cos d’Estournel and Château Montrose.It is owned by the Cuvelier family, which also owns Château Léoville Poyferré in Saint Julien. The Cuveliers were originally wine merchants in Lille in northern France and Le Crock was their first vineyard purchase, in 1903, so has a special place in the affections of the family, many of whom spent their summers there. The Cuvelier properties were run with considerable flair by Didier Cuvelier for forty years. 2018 his cousin Sara Lecompte-Cuvelier took over at le Crock. Under Jonathan Servant, who runs the vineyard, the soil is worked mechanically, to avoid the use of herbicides, and with sexual confusion techniques to avoid the use of pesticides. The consultant oenologist is Michel Rolland. Grape Varieties: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. In the classification of the Crus Bourgeois in early 2020, Le Crock was elevated to the status of Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel.
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