Chateau Le Crock St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Le Crock St. Estephe Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other Bordeaux wine producers: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Le Crock was the first purchase made by the Cuvelier family. They bought St. Estephe vineyards of Le Crock in 1903. Like many Bordeaux vineyard owners, the Cuvelier family got their start in Bordeaux the same way numerous other future chateau owners did, as negocants, or Bordeaux wine merchants. In fact, the Cuvelier family has a long history in the Bordeaux wine trade dating all the way back to 1804.

Following their purchase of Le Crock, their next acquisition was Chateau Camensac in the Haut Medoc appellation which was followed by buying Chateau Leoville Poyferre in St. Julien.

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The 32.5-hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Le Crock has old vines averaging close to 40 years of age.  The St. Estephe vineyards of Le Crock are situated between Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Chateau Montrose, looking east over the Gironde estuary. The soils are a mix of deep gravel and clay. The Left Bank vineyard is planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare at Chateau Le Crock. The varietal mix planted in the vineyard is comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Vineyard management is traditional at Le Crock, with mechanical tilling and cover-cropping.

To produce the wine of Chateau Le Crock, the wine is vinified in a combination of 8 cement vats and 14 stainless steel tanks with a 30-day cuvaison. The wine ages in 20% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. The same team that works with the families other Medoc estates including Chateau Leoville Poyferre, is responsible for the wine making at Chateau Le Crock. Michel Rolland is the consultant.

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2009 was a banner year from Le Crock. It is the finest Bordeaux wine from this estate I have ever tasted. In fact, it is the equal of many classified growths in this vintage.  Le Crock is a perfect wine to bring to a blind tasting with more expensive wines from the Medoc. The wine is also one of my top value picks from not only St. Estephe, but from the Medoc in 2009. 2010 could be just as good. It’s more of a matter of style as to which Bordeaux vintage is better for the St. Estephe estate. Production is on average 10,000 cases of Chateau Le Crock, St. Estephe wine per year. There is a second wine, La Croix St. Estephe. Chateau Le Crock also produces a Kosher Cuvee.

Le Crock is a contender for the top Bordeaux wine value from St. Estephe as well as in the Medoc.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Le Crock

    1. Blending 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine starts with oak, espresso and black cherry aromas. The wine is clean and fresh, delivering a nice dose of black cherries in the finish. 88-89 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Le Crock

    1. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc produced a wine with earthy, blackberry, spice and cassis scents. This medium-bodied wine ends with cassis and herbs. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Le Crock

    1. Cherry and chocolate mint on the nose, soft, open and approachable, there is good freshness to the sweet, cocoa dusted, almost bright, red cherry finish.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. A blend of 4% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 17% Petit Verdot set a record for the estate for the inclusion of Petit Verdot. On average, the blend contains closer to 5%. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol. This is due to the September hail storm that slammed into Le Crock damaging a large portion of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot found in the vineyard. Deep in color with a spicy, earth and red berry-dominated nose, the wine is tannic, fresh, ripe and strong, ending with sweet, round cassis. 89-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Le Crock

    1. Le Crock - A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the wine offers coco powder, cassis and black raspberry aromas. Medium bodied and round textured, this wine packs a lot of punch more the money. The wine ends with a fresh cassis finish. 90-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Le Crock

    1. Le Crock is another great 2009 selling for a fair price. Located not far from Cos d’Estournel, the wine has a nose filled with aromas of berries, rocks, and spice. Round in texture, the wine finishes with dark cherry and earth flavors. This is one of the better values of the vintage.

      90 points - Tasted
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  6. 2005 Château Le Crock

    1. Spicy, fresh, tannic, firm and structured, with fresh black and red fruits, this is still young and should be better with another year or two in the bottle which should help it soften and come together.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. Light in style, this medium bodied, charming St. Estephe offers black frutis, spice and earth. This is not a wine to age. Starting in 2009, the quality of Le Crock took a big leap forward.

      87 points - Tasted
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  7. 2003 Château Le Crock

    1. Fully mature with a nose of cigar box, herbs, earth and dark red cherries. The wine is soft round and open, leaving with fresh cherries in the finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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