The 2014 Le Crock is soft, voluptuous and quite expressive, with the fruit pushed forward and silky tannins to round things out. Today, the flavors are quite primary, but it is the wine’s textural harmony and overall balance that stand out most. Hints of plum, crème de cassis, cloves and new leather meld into the inviting finish. Even with all of its richness, the 2014 Le Crock preserves lovely freshness and perfume. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
Robert Parker 87
The 2014 Le Crock, which I reviewed in September 2016, remained just as reticent on the nose seven months later. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, showing just a little more harmony and refinement than previously, although I would still like to see more depth towards the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. 33% new oak for 18 months.Deep crimson with darkest core. Lightly leafy, cedary aroma and the oak shows a little on the palate still, with thicker tannins and a slight chocolate taste. Firm and chewy. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2027