Chateau Croizet Bages Pauillac 2018 750ml

size
750ml
country
France
region
Bordeaux
appellation
Pauillac
DC
91
WA
91
JS
91
WE
90
VM
90
Additional vintages
DC
91
Rated 91 by Decanter
This wine continues a good run for Croizet Bages with the depth and persistency you want from a Pauillac estate. It’s enjoyable and well put together with high levels of freshness and tannins that are evident without being overpowering. It’s not quite at the 2016 level for me, and has less complexity than some in 2018, but I’ve tasted on several occasions always with the same positive impression - it’s very good. While it’s a little subdued right now, I upped the score of the 2016 when tasting in bottle so it may be that it just needs a little time to bed down over ageing. 50% new oak used. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040. ... More details
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Chateau Croizet Bages Pauillac 2018 750ml

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Professional Ratings
DC
91
WA
91
JS
91
WE
90
VM
90
DC
91
Rated 91 by Decanter
This wine continues a good run for Croizet Bages with the depth and persistency you want from a Pauillac estate. It’s enjoyable and well put together with high levels of freshness and tannins that are evident without being overpowering. It’s not quite at the 2016 level for me, and has less complexity than some in 2018, but I’ve tasted on several occasions always with the same positive impression - it’s very good. While it’s a little subdued right now, I upped the score of the 2016 when tasting in bottle so it may be that it just needs a little time to bed down over ageing. 50% new oak used. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040.
WA
91
Rated 91 by Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Croizet Bages gives up vibrant notes of crushed red and black currants, Morello cherries and baked raspberries with touches of tobacco, dried herbs and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is filled with generous red and black fruit preserves, supported by firm, grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing with an invigorating herbal lift.
JS
91
Rated 91 by James Suckling
Fresh blackcurrant, tobacco leaf, licorice and walnut on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, fine tannins. Sleek and fresh. Try from 2024.
WE
90
Rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast
A soft, ripe and fruity wine, this has attractive blackberry fruits and gentle tannins. A core of dryness gives the wine some aging potential. It will be an enjoyable, friendly wine from 2024.
VM
90
Rated 90 by Vinous Media
The 2018 Croizet-Bages has a fragrant, well-defined nose with the blackberry and briary notes that I observed from barrel; this is one of the most satisfying aromatics I have encountered from this Pauillac estate. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, plenty of graphite-infused black fruit and a fine bead of acidity. A little dry on the finish but quite persistent. This is a fine Croizet-Bages that should please those whose knees tremble at the thought of "classic" Left Bank Cabernet.
Winery
: Austere in style, medium bodied with a focus on red berries, there is some dryness to the tannins in this classically styled Bordeaux . From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26%…
Product Details
size
750ml
country
France
region
Bordeaux
appellation
Pauillac
Additional vintages
Overview
Rated 91 - This wine continues a good run for Croizet Bages with the depth and persistency you want from a Pauillac estate. It’s enjoyable and well put together with high levels of freshness and tannins that are evident without being overpowering. It’s not quite at the 2016 level for me, and has less complexity than some in 2018, but I’ve tasted on several occasions always with the same positive impression - it’s very good. While it’s a little subdued right now, I upped the score of the 2016 when tasting in bottle so it may be that it just needs a little time to bed down over ageing. 50% new oak used. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040.
green grapes

Varietal: Red Bordeaux

The Bordeaux region of France consistently enjoys the reputation of being the finest region for wine making in the world. But what is it that makes this area around the Gironde river so special? The secret lies in their ancient and careful blend of no more than six high quality, flavorful and unique grape varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carménere are all permitted for usage in the production of Bordeaux wines, and the winery carefully considers how to balance the fine points of one varietal against another. Most commonly, Cabernet Sauvignon is used as the main grape varietal, usually with vintners making wines containing upwards of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon grape juices. This varietal lends its big, spicy, fruity flavors and astringent, tannin-heavy character to the mix. Normally, this strong varietal is then tempered and rounded by Merlot, a fleshy, fruity and far lighter bodied grape, containing far fewer tannins and a much brighter flavor The blended wines are normally left to age in oak, where they can continue to work together and produce their wonderful results.
barrel

Region: Bordeaux

The wineries of Bordeaux in France are widely considered to be amongst the finest on earth, with many of the chateaux found on the Left Bank and in the Médoc region routinely demanding enormous prices and being snapped up by collectors looking to add the best examples of the world's white and red wines to their cellars. Bordeaux's secret to success comes from the fact that the terroir of the region is exceptionally rich in minerals, helped by the clay and gravel soils which typify the area and the Gironde river which runs through it. Normally humid in climate, the nearby Atlantic coast supplies cooling breezes, making Bordeaux a winemaker's dream and resulting in extremely high quality grape varietals. For hundreds of years, the wineries of Bordeaux have been mastering the art of wine blending, and today produce a wide range of wine styles using many of the sixteen grape varietals permitted to grow in the region by French law.
fields

Country: France

French winemakers are subjected to several laws and regulations regarding the wines they produce, and how they can be labeled and sold. Such procedures are designed to increase the overall quality of the country's produce, and also to ensure that wines made in each particular region or appellation are of a character and type which is representative of the area. Thankfully for consumers of wine world-wide, the French have a particularly high reputation to uphold, and seem to do so flawlessly. Every year, wineries from all over France produce millions upon millions of bottles of fine wine, making the most of their native grape varieties and the excellent terrain which covers most of the country. From the expensive and exquisite red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the white wines and cremants of central France, the French are dedicated to providing the world with wines of the highest quality and most distinctive character.
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Varietal: Red Bordeaux

The Bordeaux region of France consistently enjoys the reputation of being the finest region for wine making in the world. But what is it that makes this area around the Gironde river so special? The secret lies in their ancient and careful blend of no more than six high quality, flavorful and unique grape varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carménere are all permitted for usage in the production of Bordeaux wines, and the winery carefully considers how to balance the fine points of one varietal against another. Most commonly, Cabernet Sauvignon is used as the main grape varietal, usually with vintners making wines containing upwards of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon grape juices. This varietal lends its big, spicy, fruity flavors and astringent, tannin-heavy character to the mix. Normally, this strong varietal is then tempered and rounded by Merlot, a fleshy, fruity and far lighter bodied grape, containing far fewer tannins and a much brighter flavor The blended wines are normally left to age in oak, where they can continue to work together and produce their wonderful results.
barrel

Region: Bordeaux

The wineries of Bordeaux in France are widely considered to be amongst the finest on earth, with many of the chateaux found on the Left Bank and in the Médoc region routinely demanding enormous prices and being snapped up by collectors looking to add the best examples of the world's white and red wines to their cellars. Bordeaux's secret to success comes from the fact that the terroir of the region is exceptionally rich in minerals, helped by the clay and gravel soils which typify the area and the Gironde river which runs through it. Normally humid in climate, the nearby Atlantic coast supplies cooling breezes, making Bordeaux a winemaker's dream and resulting in extremely high quality grape varietals. For hundreds of years, the wineries of Bordeaux have been mastering the art of wine blending, and today produce a wide range of wine styles using many of the sixteen grape varietals permitted to grow in the region by French law.
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Country: France

French winemakers are subjected to several laws and regulations regarding the wines they produce, and how they can be labeled and sold. Such procedures are designed to increase the overall quality of the country's produce, and also to ensure that wines made in each particular region or appellation are of a character and type which is representative of the area. Thankfully for consumers of wine world-wide, the French have a particularly high reputation to uphold, and seem to do so flawlessly. Every year, wineries from all over France produce millions upon millions of bottles of fine wine, making the most of their native grape varieties and the excellent terrain which covers most of the country. From the expensive and exquisite red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the white wines and cremants of central France, the French are dedicated to providing the world with wines of the highest quality and most distinctive character.