Chateau Croizet-Bages 2019
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
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|Wine Advocate: 93|
|Displaying a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Croizet-Bages comes skipping out of the glass with bright, cheery notes of Morello cherries, black raspberries, redcurrant jelly and cassis plus hints of chocolate mint and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate really packs a wallop of vibrant fruit, supported by firm, grainy tannins and loads of zing, finishing on a lingering minty note. Yum!|
|James Suckling: 93|
|Blackcurrants, spices and blueberries with some lead pencil on the nose. Medium body with fine tannins that are polished and pretty. Nice finish. Not the most structured 2019, but very attractive and well crafted.|