Chateau Croizet-Bages Pauillac 2016

Chateau Croizet-Bages Pauillac 2016

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During the early part of the 18th century, the Croizet brothers began buying parcels of vineyards in Pauillac between the town and the border of the Saint Julien appellation. The brothers followed the lead of Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse whereas the Grand House was built (in 1875) near the Gironde Estuary away from all the vines. Unlike Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse, the Grand House has since been sold to the Maison de la Culture de Pauilac, so the estate is without the focal point of a grand building. For a sort time during the ownership of Julien Calve, the wine was known as Calve-Croizet. For a short time after WWI, the American, Jean-Baptiste Monnot owned the property. He kept it until it was sold a Bordeaux Negoiciant, Paul Quie. His son is now in charge of the property.

The 30 hectare Medoc vineyard of Croizet Bages is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. The vines are located on the Bages plateau in one large contiguous parcel.

The Quie family also owns Chateau Rausan Gassies in Margaux and Chateau Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande in the Haut Medoc
Wine Spectator: 87
The moderate red currant and pomegranate fruit lacks the intensity of most of its peers in this vintage, while light cedar, herb and juniper notes leave a slightly rustic, woodsy feel on the finish. Drink now through 2027. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 7,000 cases made.
Wine Advocate: 89
The 2016 Croizet Bages has a clean and well-defined bouquet with tobacco-tinged black fruit, conservative but nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm and grainy tannin. It displays some elegance towards the finish, something that I do not always find in this Pauillac growth and it may well mature into a fine, probably earlier-drinking 2016 compared to its peers. But there is a sense of style in situ.
Decanter: 92
Again, this is a vintage where Croizet Bages has inched forward in quality - it's noticeable and should be congratulated, because it remains great value as far as classified Pauillacs go. This needs time in the glass to open up as it has an extremely rich tannic structure. It's masculine in style; a hefty, good quality, savoury character that builds extremely slowly and surely in a confident way. Matured in 50% new oak. Eric Boissenot consults. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038.
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Under the same ownership as Rauzan-Gassies in Margaux, this estate is slowly revealing the potential of its terroir. The wine shows more structure than in some vintages although it is still soft and therefore likely to develop quickly. Drink from 2024.
Vinous: 89
The 2016 Croizet-Bages is a very pretty and expressive Pauillac to drink now and over the next handful of years. Sweet red cherry and plum fruit are nicely lifted by bright floral and citrus overtones. The 2016 is perhaps a touch straightforward, but it is delicious just the same.
James Suckling: 88
An array of ripe red berries with some chalky, stony notes, leading to a palate that has freshness and immediate appeal. Easygoing, drink-now style here. Second wine of Château Croizet-Bages.