Château Croizet-Bages - Pauillac

Château Croizet-Bages is a 30 hectare wine estate located in Pauillac in the Gironde. In Pauillac AOC, it is classified Cinquième Grand Cru in the official 1855 Bordeaux wine classification. The estate is currently under the management of Jean-Michel Quié and Anne-François Quié, also owners of Château Rauzan-Gassies.

What are the specificities of Château Croizet-Bages?

Like many of the Bordeaux estates, the Château changed its name when it changed hands in 1853. The estate was then named Vêlage Croizet. A few years later, the owners renamed the estate by its original name: Croizet-Bages.

Wines of Château Croizet-Bages have often been judged to be inferior to its neighbours, irregular and lacking in power. Nevertheless, the Quié family has undertaken renovations in the winemaking facilities as well as in the vineyards. Renovations that brought more complexity to the wine.

The Cinquième Grand Cru Classé, distinguished by notes of prune, has good volume and excellent substance on the palate, offering a tasting worthy of the great Pauillac wines.

Located on a terroir of gravel and sand on the plateau of Bages, the wine estate produces a wine blend of different grape varieties:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 60%
  • Merlot 32%
  • Cabernet Franc 8%

The estate carries out a meticulous quality sorting to eliminate unsuitable grapes before harvesting by machine. The vinification is done batch by batch in concrete vats. The wine is then matured for an average of 12 months in 25% new oak barrels.

The estate also produces a second wine which was launched in 1998: "La Tourelle de Croizet-Bages."

The production of the vineyard reaches 150,000 bottles per year for its two wines.

Best vintages of Château Croizet-Bages: 1928, 1929, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1975, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009

 

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