|Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol
|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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The 2015 La Chenade has a light bouquet with brambly red fruit laced with undergrowth and cigar smoke aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet tannin, but it feels a little rigid at the moment and needs more depth to develop on the finish. Not bad, in need of more bottle age. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. Rating: 89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jul 2019)
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 2015 La Chenade is just as delicious from bottle as it was from barrel. The 20% Cabernet Franc gives the flavors lift and nuance to play off the bright red berry fruit. Hints of tobacco, mint, crushed flowers, licorice and spices add lovely shades of nuance. I very much like the energy and overall tension here. Drinking range: 2018 - 2027 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2018)
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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