Château Le Crock

Bordeaux, bordeaux France

Château Le Crock is a Cru Bourgeois property in Saint-Estèphe, sandwiched between second growths Château Montrose, to the north, and Château Cos d‘Estournel, to the south. This property has had vines growing around it since the late 19th century. It was originally called ‘Cru de Croc’, which was the name given to the particularly stony and gravelly soils of the region, until it became known as Château Le Crock in 1880.

The property has been in the Cuvelier family since 1903 and has benefited from the improvements they have made to their other properties, including Château Léoville-Poyferré and Château Moulin Riche.

The vineyards of Château Le Crock span 32 hectares on gravel over clay soils and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The vines, on average 40 years old, are grown sustainably.

The grapes are hand harvested using small crates and then meticulously sorted before fermentation in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel and concrete tanks. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in French oak barrels, 30% new, for 18 months. The wine has consistently good depth on the nose with layered complexity from time in bottle. It is drinking beautifully now, with aromas of blackberries, plums, tobacco and dark chocolate, wrapped by fine-grained tannins and lifted by a nicely balanced acidity. Le Saint Estèphe du Château Le Crock is a blend of 48% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Petit Verdot. The wine was fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks and aged for six months in used, French oak barrels followed by 12 months in stainless steel before bottling. This is a fruit forward and approachable wine, with juicy red fruit flavours, hints of sweet spice and silky tannins on the palate.


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