2015 Lalande de Pomerol
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
|Village||Lalande de Pomerol|
Another lovely wine from Denis Durantou, gentle, appetising, beautifully long, and still fresh and spicy. Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2016)
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This shows plenty of wet earth and blueberry and black-olive character. Full body, fine and round tannins and a juicy finish. Hot stones and gravel. Intense. Yes. Drink now or hold. Drinking range: 2018 - Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)
Denis Durantou’s wine comes from gravel soils and tends to have a mineral note to it. This is scented, attractive and full of succulent blackberry, raspberry and bramble fruit flavours, supported by tannins that creep up on you and provide structure. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. Purplish crimson. Quite sweet and meaty. Gentle - obviously not top drawer but fun and easy. A bit tart and dry on the end. Needs food. Wait awhile? Fine sandy tannins in abundance. Sweet oak. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
A Denis Durantou (L’Eglise-Clinet) wine. Forward and perfumed on the nose in the red fruit spectrum. Lighter tannic frame but attractive. A touch dry on the finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 Rating: 86 James Lawther MW, decanter.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between September 15-25 and on October 5 respectively, cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 30% new oak. This Lalande-de-Pomerol moves towards red fruit on the nose, crushed strawberry and raspberry pastilles, candied and somehow...joyful. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very fine in the mouth with a keen line of acidity. This is a very cohesive La Chenade, elegant and composed with a touch of salinity towards the finish. This is a graceful La Chenade that should drink early, but clearly has the substance to offer 12-15 years of drinking pleasure. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 La Chenade, Denis Durantou's entry-level Lalande de Pomerol, hits the palate with a rush of intense ripe red fruit, smoke, leather, tobacco and exotic spices. This juicy, exuberant red will drink nicely with minimal cellaring. The flamboyance of the year comes through loud and clear. Chenade is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc taken from the gravelly portion of Durantou's Lalande de Pomerol property. Harvest started on September 15 with the Merlots and wrapped up on October 5 with the Cabernet Franc. Rating: 87-89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
This is 80% Merlot, picked between September 15th and the 25th, and 20% Cabernet Franc, picked October 5th. Yield 45 hl/ha. A very dark, spicy, roasted-fruit nose, very appealing, with supple cherry fruit, and a rather direct character. Spot on with a very pure, poised, fresh and precise character on the palate, defined with dark, sweet, spicy peppery fruit. A very fine poise, with a lovely core of ripe tannins, and a faintly gravelly seam to the texture, Really good quality, especially when you think this is just the second wine, Surely the best ever La Chenade? Top work. Rating: 15.5-16.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
Very fresh, with a bright mineral edge holding sway, followed by enticing blood orange and cherry flavors. The toast is moderate, relying more on freshness in the end. Rating: 90-93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
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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