2016 Côtes de Castillon
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Côtes de Castillon|
75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep glass-coating colour. Seriously dry limestone-influenced fruit and power. There's real drive under this, a firm mineral power. Harder work now than some of the easier wines in the Denis Durantou stable, but time will reward. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Montlandrie has an attractive, well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and subtle figgy aromas, the oak neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins, and quite tarry in style, with a gentle grip on the saline, almost Left Bank-inspired finish. Fine, but a bit broody at present. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2021 - 2034 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Aug 2020)
This brilliant property delivers value and succulent fruit year after year. Particularly intense and packed with blackberry and raspberry fruits in the 2016 vintage, just now softening to become perfect to drink.Jane Anson, Decanter(Jun 2020)
Another one of those hidden gems from the Castillon region of Bordeaux, the 2016 Château Montlandrie is a rock star of a wine that readers should snatch up! From more clay soils (the region is mostly limestone) and with surprising power and richness, it offers a stacked bouquet of red and black currants, smoked earth, and chocolate. Full-bodied and concentrated, with ripe tannins and terrific balance, it’s a winner. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Feb 2019)
Among the brightest stars of the exalted Pomerol appellation is Denis Durantou at Château l’Eglise-Clinet. 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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