Chateau Cruzeau 2016
Chateau Cruzeau is a Grand Cru Saint Emilion of great finesse and character. This Saint Emilion is medium bodied. This elegant Bordeaux shows ripe blackcurrant fruit with hints of coffee and chocolate through to a smooth finish.The color is ruby, dark and shiny. Complex nose, toasted, toasted and fresh fruits (cherry). On the palate, the attack is round, supple. The tannins are sweet. Melted tannic power. The finish is silky. Aromatic finesse. Gourmet.
Blend: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Enjoy with grilled or roast red meats, stuffed quail, or hard cheeses.
This fortified chateau dates to the 16th century. Today's wine comes from 11 acres of vines dominated by Merlot. It is a firmly structured wine, with good tannins, ripe blackberries and spiciness. Still firm, the wine needs to age. Drink from 2024.
This impressive château was built in the 16th century. Vines had already been planted around it in 1785. It became the property of the Luquot family in 1907. Since then, the property has been managed by the family with the objective of expressing the authentic qualities of the soil. Today, the fourth generation continues to invest in the quality of their vineyards and in their wine. Situated on the western side of Saint-Emilion, the historic vineyard of Château Cruzeau is located on the middle terrace of Libourne.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.
Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.
St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.
Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.
The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.
Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.