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The October 2020 Auction: Part 4

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Auction Ends: 10/22/2020 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #92. Le Crock La Croix Saint-Estèphe 2014

Description: Consists of 12 Bottles, 0.75L
Score: . JL.
“Château Le Crock was the first purchase made by the Cuvelier family. They bought the Saint-Estèphe vineyards of Le Crock in 1903. At one point in the estate’s history the wines were sold under the name of Cru de Crock. Like many Bordeaux vineyard owners, the Cuvelier family got their start in Bordeaux the same way numerous other future Château owners did - as negociants. In fact, the Cuvelier family has a long history in the Bordeaux wine trade dating back to 1804. Following their purchase of Le Crock, their next acquisition was Château Camensac in the Haut-Médoc appellation which was followed by buying Château Léoville-Poyferré in Saint-Julien. Today, Château Le Crock is ably managed by Didier Cuvelier and Anne Cuvelier. Under their management Château Le Crock has become one of the top Cru Bourgeois producers in the appellation. To help continue and improve the level of quality they have been producing in the region, they began an extensive remodeling and renovation of their wine making facilities that will be completed in 2016. The 32.5-hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Château Le Crock is planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. This represents a change in the vineyard as today you find more Merlot and less Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the vineyard. They have old vines averaging close to 40 years of age. The Saint-Estèphe vineyards of Le Crock are situated between Château Cos d’Estournel and Château Montrose, looking east over the Gironde estuary. The terroir is a mix of deep gravel and clay soil. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. To produce the wine of Château Le Crock, the wine is vinified in a combination of 8 cement vats and 14 stainless steel tanks with a 30-day cuvaison. The wine ages in 20% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. The same team of families that works with the other Médoc estates, including Château Léoville-Poyferré in Saint-Julien, is responsible for the winemaking at Château Le Crock. Michel Rolland joined the team as their consultant in 1994 . . . . The wine is also one of my top value picks from not only for Saint-Estèphe, but from the Médoc as a whole in 2009. 2010 could be just as good. It’s more of a matter of style as to which Bordeaux vintage is better for the Saint-Estèphe estates. Production is on average 10,000 cases of Château Le Crock wine per year. There is a second wine called La Croix Saint-Estèphe. Château Le Crock also produces a Kosher cuvée. Château Le Crock, due to its great style and ease of drinkability, is a serious contender for the top Bordeaux wine value from Saint-Estèphe as well as in the entire Médoc appellation." Jeff Leve, TheWineCellarInsider.com
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $300

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