|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
|Village||Lalande de Pomerol|
Even more weight than the La Chenade, and showing even better at the Chateau. Lovely depth and extraordinary length again. Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2016)
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This is very floral and regal for this appellation with blackberries and dark tea. Medium to full body, fine and polished tannins and a beautiful finish. Love to taste this. Drinking range: 2018 - Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
This fills your mouth and gives a frisson of excitement, a little electric charge. There is so much depth and joy to the rich black fruits, with striking precision. It's complex, mouth filling and there’s clear influence from the 45% new oak, but it is integrated well, giving the palate a gourmet edge. This wine encapsulates the full scope of Château Les Cruzelles, as it's the first vintage made with 3.5ha of vines that were replanted in 2004, after three years lying fallow, bringing the estate to 9.5ha in total. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, Decanter (Jan 2018)
Grown on a mixture of gravel and clay soils, this is often one of the bargains of the vintage. This is leafy, floral and complex with plummy plushness, fine tannins and deftly integrated oak. Very easy to drink. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2016)
Château les Cruzelles
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.
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