Among the brightest stars of the exalted Pomerol appellation is Denis Durantou at Château l’Eglise-Clinet. 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.
From Jane Anson’s 'top 10 ‘affordable’ Bordeaux wines'
Durantou is without doubt one of France’s most talented winemakers, and Montlandrie has been owned by him since 2009, planted to 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Castillon is another appellation that is having a bit of a renaissance right now, and this is one of the leading lights – a little more structured than some, certainly benefits from a few years in bottle before cracking open. An accomplished, succulent wine. Jane Anson, Decanter (Dec 2017)