|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
|Village||Lalande de Pomerol|
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Quiet, creamy fruit nose. Manages to be juicy and velvety at the same time, very attractive black curranty fruit flavour and soft melted tannins on the finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2017)
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A smoking good wine from an appellation that should get more recognition than it does, the 2016 Chenade offers a floral, medium to full-bodied style that carries loads of gravelly minerality as well as notes of black cherries, raspberries, spring flowers, and earth. With terrific purity and, again, a lovely floral quality, it’s a gorgeous red to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 93 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
The 2016 La Chenade opens with tar and chargrill scents over a core of warm blackberries and black cherries with a waft of raspberry leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with tarry black fruits, structured with chewy tannins and finishing on a dried herbs note. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 88 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Nov 2018)
The 2016 La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from Denis Durantou's estate in Lalande-de-Pomerol. It was picked 24-29 September for the Merlot and 6 October for the Cabernet Franc at 39 hectoliters per hectare and then matured in 40% new oak. It has a lovely nose that needed some coaxing from the glass, eventually revealing black cherries and touches of bergamot with Earl Grey following later. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fresh right from the start, very harmonious with an elegant, quite minerally finish. Very elegant, very suave, very promising. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
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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