Cháteau Le Crock, Saint Estèphe, 2011, Grand Vin de Bordeaux, Red-wine from France
Crock’n Roll… Rolling Stones… perhaps my first Bordeaux which I would call stony. Introduced to me by Anne Cuvelier, a member of the impressive winemaker’s family Cuvelier who also own and run the famous vinery Leovillé Poyferré (https://avdwineandfood.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/chateau-leoville-poyferre-saint-julien-2007/ ) I had the chance to try the really exciting red of their Cháteau Le Crock which is located in St. Estèphe, probably for many a well know vinery village in the northern part of Medoc.
The wine comes along with a very fresh fruit, mostly black and blue berries and sour cherries. Severely tannin, tobacco notes, even a little flavor of leather let you anticipate thinking this is very much male. The wine has an impressive structure, wooden flavors are still a little bit too present but this is not a wine – in my point of view – which should be drunken young. And this is the most remarkable thing about the wine: it has a pretty outstanding minerality. I never tasted such “stony” flavor drinking any wine from Bordeaux (which is also the reason I am hesitating to put the correct points to the wine: because it is so young it should be a five, because of the potential growth due to aging I give it a six).
The clay around the Crock Château is appealing soil structures, maybe not so clear layered as in some other areas but it is – also according to the webpage of Châteaux Le Crock – mostly gravel.
Due to this mineral and high tannin I would assume the wine can age for very long; and I am speaking about two decade or so. Of course as almost every wine of the Medoc this is a cuvee containing of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Frank and 5% Petit Verdot.
The wine is perhaps not as famous as some others in the Medoc region and even of St. Estèphe, but it is a fabulous alternative to some overpriced ones. The team behind this wine is the same for the famous Second Grand Cru Classè Léoville Poyferré. The high quote of Cabernet Frank is probably a concession also to global warming; keeping the wine cooler and refreshing
but also it exciting tough touch of the wine. But this is speculation.
Unfortunately French wine makers but also sommeliers don’t know too much about wines of other parts of Europe (but rather from other parts of the world). Perhaps this is a kind of arrogance or ignorance caused by the high and impressive quality of many French wines. Sometime I seriously wonder why there is such less interest in winemaking of somewhere else. Marketing, promotion and avowedly the wines themselves are excellent. I don’t know any other wine area in the world which is so fine and grand, but as well big-headed. How many wine makers you can meet who are taking – still or obviously (take it like you like) – reference to Bordeaux wines. Let me risk a comparison for this really nice one – probably because of the Cabernet Frank grape – there are similarities to Austrian and Hungarian wines, although – just to be understood correctly – questionable in regard to aging.
There isn’t too much to find about this wine in the internet. Link yourself to the Châteaux Le Crock’s own webpage which is in terms of colours – let say – ambitious: http://www.chateaulecrock.fr/.
I tried while I was writing this report also the vintage of 2009. The review of this will follow very soon!
Find other reviews of wines of Bordeaux at: https://avdwineandfood.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/chateau-latour-martillac-grand-cru-classe-de-graves-pessac-leognan-2011/ and https://avdwineandfood.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/chateau-beau-sejours-1998-2/ and https://avdwineandfood.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/chateau-leoville-poyferre-saint-julien-2007/