Bordeaux New Releases: Le Crock and Moulin Riche

As we neared the end of our day yesterday, we were brightened by the release of two great wines from the Cuvélier stable – of Léoville-Poyferré fame. These two wines are perennial favourites of ours, offering style and substance at very fair prices.

2010 Château Le Crock, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe
£180 per case of 12 bottles in bond
A cru bourgeois drawn from the same stable as Léoville-Poyferré, this is a wine that always punches above its weight. Pure and fragrant on the nose, this is open and attractive on the palate. The fruit is expressive, balanced by fine, well-integrated tannins and given life by an attractive dart of mineral freshness.
“It exhibits a dense purple color followed by notes of roasted herbs, licorice, fruitcake and black currants. Medium to full-bodied and rich with moderate tannins as well as the distinctive earthy character that often comes from St.-Estephe.” 90-92 Points, Robert Parker
Drink: 2015-2025

2010 Château Moulin-Riche, St-Julien
£198 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Quite profound and dark on the nose, this has a cool, fresh nature on the palate with a lovely purity of black berry fruit.The tannins are silky-fine and well-resolved, lending this a deliciously classic structure. Seems effortless in nature – expressive, yet elegant; open, yet refined. A very good Moulin-Riche indeed.
Drink: 2015-2025

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