Chateau Croizet-Bages – Pauillac 2010
2010 was a fantastic vintage of structure and cellar potential, and it’s a bit more restrained and traditional than the super-ripe 2009s. This blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc is drinking now and should last in the cellar for another decade.
Deep color, floral aromas, and round fruit flavors of currants and plums topped off by silky tannins, spice, earth/tobacco, and some black licorice. Pair with lamb, beef, mature cheeses.
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In the early 18th century, the Croizet brothers, both members of the Bordeaux parliament, consolidated a number of small vineyard plots in order to form a wine estate in the famous hamlet of Bages, in Pauillac. This estate was included among the fifth growths in the famous 1855 classification under the name of Chateau Croizet-Bages.
Jean-Baptiste Monnot, an American citizen and owner of the famous Klaxon brand, acquired Croizet Bages soon after the First World War. He in turn sold it to Paul Quie, owner of chateaux Rauzan-Gassies (a great growth of Margaux) and Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, in 1942. Monsieur Quie undertook a renovation of the vineyard during the postwar period. This was completed by his son, Jean-Michel, who took over management in 1968.
Jean-Michel Quie is now assisted by his children, Anne-Francoise and Jean-Philippe, in overseeing the three family chateaux. Their passion for fine wine is very much in the tradition of the great growths of Bordeaux, and one of Jean-Michel Quie’s greatest pleasures is to share his wine with people who are dear to him.
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