Saint-Estèphe

Saint-Estèphe

Château Le Crock

Château Le Crock is a Cru Bourgeois property in Saint-Estèphe sandwiched between second...

class 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 particular stony and gravelly soils of the region, until it became known at 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.

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Vineyards

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

Vintage Information

The vintage in Bordeaux during 2010 was overall very good. Winter was cold with a lot of rainfall. Sunshine was welcomed during Spring and budbreak took place on 12th April. Summer was hot and dry, perfect conditions for the grapes to ripen. By September the vines were starting to dehydrate so rainfall towards the middle of the month was well-timed. Harvest kicked off four days later than in 2009, taking place between 4th and 18th October.

Vinification

The grapes are hand harvested into 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.

Tasting Notes

Hailing from the excellent 2010 vintage, the Château Le Crock has good depth on the nose with complexity developing from time in bottle. It is drinking beautifully now with aromas of blackberries, plums, tobacco and dark chocolate wrapped by silky tannins and lifted by a nicely balanced acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 44% Cabernet Sauvignon
36% Merlot
13% Cabernet Franc
7% Petit Verdot
Region Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux
Winemaker Isabelle Davin
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.7g/l
Residual Sugar 0.3g/l
Wine pH 3.59