CHÂTEAU LES CRUZELLES
2013 Lalande de Pomerol
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
|Village||Lalande de Pomerol|
Deep fruit and savoury spice. Rocks and minerals in this, rather a good black fruit expression. Very successful. Rating: 90 L&S (Mar 2017)
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Delicious wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, who is better known as the magician behind the great Pomerols of L-Eglise Clinet. This relatively nearby vineyard in Lalande has turned out a nice, ripe, rich, medium-bodied, opulent style of wine with lovely mulberry and black cherry fruit, as well as hints of new saddle leather and spice. It is medium-bodied, easygoing and doesn-t have the substance or power to last more than 4 or 5 years, but so what? Drink it up. 2014-2019 Rating: 87-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
This is silky-textured and juicy with nice fruit but a little fluid. Round and delicious. Rating: 86-87 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
Features a slightly firm sandalwood frame around a core of gentle damson plum and lightly steeped cherry fruit. The sandalwood edge pinches the finish slightly. Rating: 84–87 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator
Rarely fails. Attractive crushed red berry nose. Good depth of fruit. Long, fresh and satisfying. Drink: 2017-2023. Rating: 16 James Lawther MW, decanter.com
Denis Durantou says he expends just as much energy on his “lesser” wines as he does on L’Eglise-Clinet and it shows in the quality of this rich, textured, aromatic, black fruited red. There’s almost a note of Mediterranean herbs about this - in 2013! 2016-23 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com
The nose is fresh the palate has a mix of bramble and black cherry but it fills out in the middle with sweet ripe black plum and although the back palate has a fleshy richness the finish is brambly lighter and fresher. 2016-27. Rating: 88-92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
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