2017 Le Crock (St-Estephe)

Origin
St-Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
89-91 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018
90 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2018 16.5 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2018
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Media Reviews

Neal Martin

The 2017 Le Crock, owned by the soon-to-be retired Didier Cuvelier, is matured in 25% new oak. It has a straightforward, slightly earthy bouquet with light sea spray scents infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, slightly glossy in style with lightly spiced black and red fruit and a splash of Hoisin towards the short finish. Give this Le Crock three or four years and you should have a decent, quite concentrated Saint-Estèphe. 89-91 points

Jane Anson

A Cuvelier-owned estate with 32ha of vines that escaped the frost, yielding 50hl/ha. The talented oenologist Isabelle Davin and consultant Michel Rolland have delivered another St-Estèphe success, with plump, rich and ripe fruits. There`s not a lot to worry about here - it`s not especially long or layered, but it has excellent fruit integrity and a ripe tannic structure, offering lots of pleasure. For the best value this year St-Estèphe seems to be the go-to appellation. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. 3.7pH. 70 IPT. 33% new oak. Buy. 90 points

Julia Harding

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc. When the 2020 cru bourgeois classification gets underway later this year, they will apply for the new (reinstated) Exceptionnel category, for which they have to show five vintages. Mid cherry red. Subtle on the nose, a nice dusty touch. Beautifully lifted and fragrant. Juicy, supple and with lovely tangy dark-red fruit on the palate. Paper-fine tannins, in many layers, and a long, fresh, juicy finish. Fresh to a long finish. Delicious and likely to be GV. 16.5 points

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