2010 Ch. Le Crock, St Estèphe

2010 Ch. Le Crock, St Estèphe

Red, For laying down   Red | For laying down | Chateau Le Crock | Code: 7810 | 2010 | France > Bordeaux > St Estephe | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

BBR

16/20

DECANTER

16/20

PARKER

87/100

WS

90-93/100

DECANTER - Well-extracted ripe fruit and good vigour and length, good future.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)

PARKER - The tiny, picturesque jewel of a property, sandwiched between Cos d'Estournel and Montrose, is owned by the same family that owns Chateau Leoville Poyferre in St.-Julien. A final blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2010 has turned out to be ripe, attractive wine with notes of sweet mocha, red and black currants, pen ink and light as well as sweet tannins. This wine is medium-bodied, elegant and best drunk over the next decade.
(87 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

This vineyard, owned by Didier Cuvelier, the proprietor of Leoville-Poyferre, is finally coming to life. A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, the 2010 achieved 14% natural alcohol. It exhibits a dense purple color followed by notes of roasted herbs, licorice, fruitcake and black currants. Medium to full-bodied and rich with moderate tannins as well as the distinctive earthy character that often comes from St.-Estephe, this broad, savory effort should drink well for 15+ years.
(90-92 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

WS - Round, bright and pure, with silky-textured plum, cassis and blackberry fruit and a long, iron-tinged finish. The grip really struts its stuff on the finish, with the fruit showing excellent persistence.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Apr 2011)

The Story

Chateau Le Crock

Producer

Chateau Le Crock

Château Le Crock is one of the finest Cru Bourgeois properties in St. Estèphe, and has been owned by the Cuvelier family since 1903. They also own Léoville Poyferré, as well as a successful négociant business. Le Crock is located south of the village of St. Estèphe, with its vineyards being adjacent to those of Montrose and Cos d`Estournel.

Le Crock has 33 hectares planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (5%).

Le Crock's grapes are hand-harvested and are vinified traditionally - the wine is then aged in small oak barrels (33% new) for 18 months. It is bottled unfiltered. Le Crock now property produces textbook St. Estèphes that are deeply coloured and concentrated and full-bodied on the palate. Since 1995, Michel Rolland has been a consultant and the wine has been better balanced and more harmonious.

Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

Region

St Estephe

St Estèphe is the northernmost of the most important communes of the Médoc and borders Pauillac on its southernmost border, with only a gully and stream separates it from Ch. Lafite. To the north lies the Bas-Médoc.

St Estèphe is defined by the depth of its gravel, which is ubiquitous but of varying depths and occasionally very shallow, when clay predominates. This keeps the soil cooler and wetter than its counterparts so that the wines can appear fresh in lighter vintages, but superbly successful in hot, dry years. 

The best châteaux in the south of the commune have the deepest soil and the thickest gravel. Cos d'Estournel has an exceptional terroir with its vineyards being located on a south-facing ridge of gravel with excellent drainage. 

St Estèphe is the least gravelly of main Médoc communes and in the north of the commune the vineyards are heavier and more clay-based leading to a rustic style of wine being produced.

The wines can appear austere in youth with a discernable ferric note at some châteaux, but the best typically display good depth of colour, pronounced acidity an tannins in youth and are exceptionally long-lived. At their best, they are the equal of almost any Bordeaux. The well-regarded St Estèphe co-operative controls the production of about half the appellation.

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Cos (Ch. Cos d'Estournel), Ch. Montrose, Ch. Calon-Ségur, Ch. Lafon-Rochet, Ch. Les Ormes de Pez, Ch. Beau-Site, Ch. Cos Labory, Ch. Phélan-Ségur

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