2016 Bordeaux – outstanding right bank value from Denis Durantou

by Edward Richardson


The ever dependable right-bank stable of聽Denis Durantou has just been released. These are wines where the price-to-quality ratio is always off the scale – even more so so in a fresh and juicy vintage like 2016. The SAINTAYME聽and聽LA CHENADE will provide enormous pleasure almost immediately. The聽LES CRUZELLES and聽MONTLANDRIE will reward some cellaring聽but all are聽worthy of strong consideration, particularly for those seeking lovely wines to drink that won’t break the bank. These all come very highly recommended and, if you needed any more persuading, most are at the lower end of our price estimates.

SAINTAYME Grand Cru Saint Emilion拢62.50聽per 6 IB

‘This is a lovely, early-drinking Saint Emilion from Denis Durantou’聽–聽Neal Martin, 88-90

LA CHENADE Lalande de Pomerol聽– 拢70聽per 6 IB

‘hugely enjoyable’聽– Jancis Robinson, 16.5

CH脗TEAU LES CRUZELLES Lalande de Pomerol聽– 拢100聽per 6 IB

‘Cellar space should be made for this sensual and engaging wine, and if prices follow their trend as in previous years, it could be one of the Right Bank’s outstanding value [wines]’ – Neal Martin, 91-93

CH脗TEAU MONTLANDRIE C么tes de Castillon聽– 拢87.50聽per 6 IB

‘Superb. Expect this to land towards the top of my banded score once in bottle’ – Neal Martin, 91-93

Also out today is another from the Mouton stable, CH脗TEAU CLERC MILON, at 拢290 per 6 IB. This took time to unfold in the glass but ended up richer and fuller than the D’ARMAILHAC (拢195 per 6 IB). It is certainly a step up in terms of quality and that is reflected in critics’ reviews. Jancis Robinson was particularly impressed. She gave it聽17.5+ and described the wine as,聽‘So cool!’. Now that doesn’t happen every day…

As ever, you can keep up to date with everything from #Bdx16 on our聽Recent Releases聽page.

2016 Bordeaux En Primeur - Recent releases