Updated: Jan 19
Château de Cruzeau 2015
This is one of the few whites that I really enjoy swirling and drinking. It is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc, Appellation Pessac-Léognan Contrôlle. In this area, the aromatic Sauvignon Blanc generally spends some time in oak that enriches the aromatic palette and the structure. After having fermented at 18-23C (no malolactic), this nectar has matured for 10 months in oak barrels (35% new) on full lees with bâtonnage (stirring lees). After that, it has aged in bottle before the release.
In the glass the wine has a lemon-gold colour. The intensity is pale.
This nectar is an explosion of floral fragrance as acacia, elderflower, and honeysuckle. After a light swirling, it seems to have a fruit salad in the glass: grape, apple, grapefruit, lemon, nectarine, melon, passion fruits and banana. There is also a balsamic note of eucalyptus and the vibrant note of green bell pepper. The sharpness of wet stone and flint makes the aromatic palette even more intriguing. The period spent in the barrel has donated flavours of bread dough, brioche (with lemon custard). The tertiaries, developed during the bottle ageing, are hay and honey. In case, it wasn’t enough clear, the nose is pronounced.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%). The flavour intensity is medium plus and the finish is long. On the palate, there are the same aromas captured by the nostrils, but the secondaries become clearer and more intense. The richness of a dried apricot makes this nectar even more succulent.
This is small masterpiece given its price. A rich and fresh wine fully enjoyable by its own or whatever you fancy. I drank it eating fried eggs with anchovies and butterscotch squash soup with coriander as side. I know it looks horrible, but the fridge was empty! Sante!