2009 Côtes de Castillon

Grapes Cab Franc, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Côtes de Castillon
ABV 13%

A new addition to the Denis Durantou stable this year, a 25 hectare vineyard in Castillon. He has torn up 12 hectares, but has 12 in production. 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Under the new Appellation system this will be 'Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon' (which does make things simpler doesn't it?). Great purity of soft, open Castillon fruit, lacy, floral, a little sweet, but the fruit remains, currants and cassis and great pleasure.

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A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this property was recently acquired by the obsessive perfectionist owner of l’Eglise Clinet, Denis Durantou. Ripe black cherry and black currant fruit is found in this voluptuous, lush, full-bodied, pure wine. Enjoy this hedonistic turn-on over the next 3-4 years.

It is very sweet, all up front, a nose packed with bramble jelly. The start of the palate is lush with lots of ripe flavours but there are red fruits showing and their freshness lifts the fruit and brightens the finish. 2015-26


Among the brightest stars of the exalted Pomerol appellation is Denis Durantou at Château l’Eglise-Clinet. Little more than a kilometre to the north, near enough to see one from t’other, across the Barbanne stream in Lalande-de-Pomerol is Château les Cruzelles, also owned by Denis. The 10ha of vines boast the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc in the area – 40% - with the rest being the more usual Merlot. Aside from Château les Cruzelles proper Denis also produces here La Chenade, a Lalande-de-Pomerol cuvee he made with Cruzelles’ grapes even before he bought the estate in 2000. Denis also owns a small vineyard of 35 year old Merlot vines at Saint Etienne de Lisse at the eastern end of St Emilion that goes under the name of Saintayme. And, a little further south-east, across the boundary in the Côtes de Castillon is Château Montlandrie that Denis bought in 2009. Much renovation has taken place at the 12ha vineyard that includes, almost uniquely for the Right Bank, new plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon that now make up 15% of the vineyard alongside the usual 65% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

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