|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 (Apr 2014)
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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(May 2014)
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(May 2014)
(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(Apr 2014)
One of the brightest stars of Pomerol is undoubtedly Denis Durantou of the highly acclaimed Château l’Eglise-Clinet. Thankfully this glory is not enough for Denis and he also has a smaller estate in the less esteemed Lalande de Pomerol. Here Denis' skill and experience can produce magnificent wines that are a fraction of the price. The property is Château les Cruzelles, where he makes both Les Cruzelles but also La Chenade, another Lalande-de-Pomerol cuvée from the younger vines. He was even making this with Cruzelles’ grapes before he bought the estate in 2000. We champion this wine every year on primeur as it represents such consistently good value for money. Beautiful Bordeaux wine at an incredibly fair price - a rare gem.
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