The Château is not only architecturally impressive, but it has an equally impressive winemaking history. The castle was built in the 16th century and attests to the presence of vines having been planted around it in 1785. It became the property of the Luquot family in 1907 and has subsequently been managed by the family and handed down through the generations. The Luquot family has invested in the vineyard and the cellar with the aim of expressing the authentic quality of their unique soils. The Château is now in the hands of the fourth generation who continues to invest and produces a wine which is truly expressive of this historic Grand Cru terroir.
2016 has been lauded as an excellent and classic vintage. Bordeaux saw a wet spring in 2016, which built up the soil water reserves nourishing the vines throughout the exceptionally dry summer which followed. The glorious, warm, dry days were coupled with cool nights, perfect for grape maturation and concentration of flavours. Rainfall in September resulted in small, thick skinned ripe grapes; and the wines are marked by high tannins and acidity with superb aromatics.
The vineyard is located in the heart of the Saint Emilion Grand Cru appellation and covers four and a half hectares. The vines have an average age of 40 years and are grown in a sandy alluvium soil, which produces a slightly lighter style of wine. The vineyard is situated at the convergence of two rivers, which creates a unique microclimate and the viticulture is carefully managed accordingly. The harvest is undertaken manually each vintage.
The grapes were carefully sorted upon arrival at the cellar. Traditional vinification took place in stainless steel tanks under temperature controlled conditions. Maceration lasted for four weeks, extracting the desired level of flavour, aromas and fine tannins to impart structure to the wine. Matured for 16 months: 60% of the wine was aged in French oak barriques, of which 10% were new and 50% in barrels of one-year; the remaining 40% was aged in tank.
Château Cruzeau is a Grand Cru Saint-Emilion of great finesse and character, showing ripe dark berried fruits complemented by toasted notes of cedar and spice. Silky on the palate, the ripe black fruits and Morello cherry notes are enveloped by well-integrated oak, it is harmoniously balanced with supple tannins and a long, elegant finish.
Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%