Wine Enthusiast 92pts
Balanced with fresh acidity as well as ripe black-currant flavors, this is a stylish wine with tannins for aging and concentration from the old vines in the blend. Perfumed Cabernet Franc shows through the rich Merlot to give a structured wine worth aging. Drink from 2023. ROGER VOSS
James Suckling: 90pts
Theres a very attractive, modern feel here with brightly spicy red plums and cedary, toasty oak. The tannins cut fresh and bright with a wealth of smoothly fleshy red fruit at the core. Very plush and approachable. Drink or hold.
About the Winery:
Chteau La Croix Saint Andr is located in Nac in a terroir similar to that of the Pomerol plateau. The very diverse soil, the age of the vines and, most importantly, the way the property is conducted makes Chteau La Croix Saint Andr one of the regions most prominent wineries.
The Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation is comprised of a thousand hectares across the villages of Lalande-de-Pomerol and Nac. It lies just to the north of Pomerol, separated by the Barbanne stream. Chteau La Croix Saint Andr is planted with 80 Merlot and 20 Cabernet Franc. The Carayon family has been carefully managing these 15 hectares since 1965, part of which is over 100 years old and considered to be the oldest in this appellation.
The whole vineyard has been studied, scrutinized and assessed. Each of the 33 plots are cultivated and cut according to its requirement. Harvested manually at their optimum maturity, the grapes are fermented and aged independently. The vinification process is supervised by the winemaker Stphane Derenoncourt. Stphane brings the expertise he has developed within the Classified Growths of Bordeaux vineyards, his respect for the grapes, and the knowledge of how to carefully extract all the flavors with rigorous micro-oxygenation to the Chteau La Croix Saint Andr. Many personalities from the world of arts and politics are fans of this wine, one of them being the pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1992) to whom the 1982 vintage had been dedicated.