2013 Lalande de Pomerol
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
|Village||Lalande de Pomerol|
Round with a little sweet fruit, creamy texture but still real and appetising. A little more spice than Montlandrie. Very good effort! Lipsmacking, hard not to swallow. 2015-2022 Rating: 88 L&S (May 2017)
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This is really delicious and delicate with a silky, refined structure. Medium body. The aromas of roses and strawberries are so enticing. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
The La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between 26 September and 2 October. It has a pure bouquet, very floral with very pure wild strawberry and red cherries that are already very generous. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. There is fine tension here, not a powerful Lalande de Pomerol but natural and refined. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com
(80 Merlot, 20 Cabernet Franc) 30% new oak, 18000 bottles. Lovely smoky plum aroma and smooth texture. Grainy tannins and yet refreshing and oaky but still balanced. Rating: 16 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com
Open, with blood orange, cherry pit and pomegranate notes leading to a light floral edge on finish. Rating: 85–88 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator
Another winner from Denis Durantou, combining Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, a variety with which he seems to have a special touch. Coffee bean oak, a hint of green pepper, plush tannins and great length - all at what should be a very affordable price. 2016-22 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com
Ripe black plum gives a lovely fleshy richness on both nose and palate. The fruit feels ripe the mid palate is supple with depth of flavour at the back. There is a lovely complex black fruited mix on the finish. 2016-27. Rating: 88-92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
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.
Ever popular with its plump plummy Merlot enriched fruit, there just isn't enough Pomerol to go round. Fortunately, we have saved a case for you...We may have thrown in a few Lalande-de-Pomerol too - it's not cheating, the best Lalande's carry the classic Pomerol stamp and can offer rather better value for money.
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