2017 Château Le Crock, St Estèphe, Bordeaux: ‘delicious’ and ‘beautifully lifted’ says Jancis Robinson, ‘likely to be good value: and so it is—a shrewd buy for this quality of fine wine: textbook St-Estephe at a sensible price: single bottle delivered


93/100 – Wine Enthusiast
92-93/100 – VertdeVin
91/100 – Andreas Larsson

Château Le Crock is one of the finest Cru Bourgeois properties in St Estèphe. Nestled in Saint-Estèphe, sandwiched between St Estephe royalty and recently upgraded to Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Chateau Le Crock is a smart choice, particularly at the Club price, which is exceptional for this quality of Bordeaux. Le Crock produces textbook St Estèphes which are deeply coloured and concentrated and full-bodied on the palate.

The estate’s history traces back to the late-19th century when it was dubbed ‘Cru de Croc’ in homage to the unique stony and gravelly terrain, its name evolved to Château Le Crock by 1880. The Cuvelier family, its stewards since 1903, have infused the property with enhancements, drawing from their experiences with their other esteemed estates, such as Château Léoville Poyferré and Château Moulin Riche. Michel Rolland is a consultant.

In 2017, Saint-Estèphe stood out remarkably by evading the frosts that plagued much of Bordeaux, and the vintage is regarded as among the best for Le Crock. This wine is deeply perfumed, with sumptuous aromas of mulberry, chocolate, wild rose and salty plum. Both light and intense on the palate, with a juicy fruit core of mulberry, plum and cherry, tis unctuous fruit is framed by fine grained tannins, ironstone and dust, which expresses the heat of the vintage and complements the concentration of the fruit. It is medium bodied and finishes with herbs, bright fruit and a soft, polished touch.

Jancis Robinson MW (16.5 points) notes: ‘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 good value.

Notes the influential VertdeVin, awarding 92-93/100 points, ‘The nose is fruity, elegant, gourmand and offers a fine suavity, a fine power as well as gourmand flavours. It reveals notes of ripe strawberry, fleshy/ripe cherry and notes of cassis associated with fine touches of violet, racy gravel as well as fine hints of sweet spices, vanilla pod and discreet hints of nutmeg. The mouth is fruity, well-balanced and offers a juicy frame and a good definition with notes of cherry, strawberry and small notes of raspberry associated with fine touches of violet, tonka bean and discreet hints of chocolate. Good length. Tannins are elegant and well-built. Good persistence.’

Notes the world’s leading sommelier Andreas Larsson (91/100 points): Dark ruby red colour. Pure nose, youthful and fragrant offering ripe plum, cassis, tobacco, sage and fine oak. The palate has good density with a well-kept freshness, rounded tannin and savoury dark fruit with bay leaf, sage, tobacco and fine oak notes. Digest, fresh and long finish.’

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (93/100), adds: ‘This wine is structured and dense, with full-bodied black-plum flavours. Made by the winemaking team of Château Léoville-Poyferré in Saint-Julien, the wine has good ageing potential. Drink from 2023.’

This delicious wine is excellent served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish such as tuna, mushrooms, pasta and cheese. Seving at a cool, almost cellar temperature (15.5°C, 60°F) maximises the wine’s freshness and lift.

Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Merlot (34%), Petit Verdot (8%), Cabernet Franc (6%).

Delivered as a single bottle in a presentation case, this fine wine makes a distinctive gift—it’s also a smart buy for yourself!

Single bottle. Non Members £57. CCUK £37 including UK mainland delivery.

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