CHÂTEAU LES CRUZELLES

2012 Lalande de Pomerol

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Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol
Village Lalande de Pomerol
ABV 13%

Another really enjoyable wine to taste from Denis Durantou of L'Église-Clinet. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. More clay here and therefore more stuctural density. Fabulous density, even on nose where there is gloss and ripeness. Palate is not massive but has 'enough'. Very soft feel to the tannins, the volume is sort of 'bouffant', a downy, cotton-wool, cushiony texture. Rich and broad, supple and has lovely pure fruit expression, stops short of being overblown and over-ripe. Lovely structure builds and there is lovely soft tannin that holds this all together really well. Rating: 92+ L&S (Apr 2013)

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The nose is lush ripe fruited with lots of fleshy plum. Rounded tannins and sweet black fruits give a sumptuous fleshy suppleness on the palate lots of bramble jelly. The sweetness is balanced by freshness but the finish is mouth filling and satisfying. 2016-26 Rating: 92-94 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)

Aromas of chocolate, melted caramel, toffee and black cherry jam emerge from this sexy, full-bodied, lush wine. Consume it over the next 7-8 years. Given what proprietor Denis Durantou accomplished at his flagship estate of l’Eglise Clinet, it is not surprising that his Lalande de Pomerol is another brilliant wine as well as a major sleeper of the vintage. Harvested between September 21 and October 1, the 2012 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 2013 - 2021 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2013)

With its elevation, unusually high percentage of Cabernet Franc (for Lalande de Pomerol) and rich, clay and gravel terroir, Les Cruzelles is a special spot that outperforms its appellation. Dense, serious and sweetly perfumed, this is plump and ripe, but with underlying spice and minerality. The bargain of the vintage. Drink: 2018-30 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2013)

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, on clay and gravel. Less aromatic on the nose than the Chénade and the oak more evident. A little short of flesh in the middle but it has been made in a way that balances this so it is fresh and not astringent, the dark fruit brought out on the finish, which is longer than La Chénade. 2015 - 2020. Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2013)

Dark fruit nose. Ripe and gourmand on the palate. Supple and approachable. Drink: 2016 - 2020. Rating: 15.5 James Lawther MW, decanter.com (Apr 2013)

Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2013)

A high-toned style, with pure violet, red currant and pomegranate notes, featuring a sleek, iron-tinged finish. Fresh and focused. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2013)

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