Château Les Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

  Château Les Cruzelles

Denis Durantou's 'entry level' wines, that is to say the wines not produced at his flagship Pomerol estate, Chateau L'Eglise Clinet are always rank amongst our 'best value' buys. Saintayme, Chenade, Cruzelles and Montlandrie offer excellent value for money, but the 2016s are perhaps the finest range we have seen to date. Cruzelles hails from the clay dominated plots at Denis' Lalande de Pomerol estate. The blend is a classic 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It is quite staggering how different this is to La Chenade. This is brooding and darker with an intense mulberry core interspersed with bright starry berries. This is plush and sexy with a seamlessness to the fruit that is impressive and seductive, however, it lacks the energy and charm of La Chenade. If you like tension and verve take the Chenade, if you like big and impressive, go with the Cruzelles.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Les Cruzelles

This is superstar wine-maker, Denis Durantou’s flagship estate in Lalande de Pomerol. The Cruzelles vineyards have more clay than those of La Chenade and the wines tends to be a more brooding and serious. There is a slightly higher proportion of Merlot in the blend (than La Chenade) and Denis utilises a little more new oak during elevage. As you’d expect from the L’Eglise Clinet team, the wines are polished, exuberant and fruit filled and always represent tremendous value for money.

Appellation: Lalande de Pomerol

The region produces Merlot-dominated wines which can offer great value similar in style to the wines of Pomerol but with less concentration. The soils are gravely and well-drained.

Grape Type: Merlot

The supple, alluring plummy characteristics of Merlot have made it hugely popular the world over. It is often blended with the more structured Cabernet Sauvignon, though on its own there are some very serious, long-lived examples in Pomerol and Saint Emilion, where it is planted on both cool clay and hotter gravely soils. It is grown more extensively throughout France and the rest of the world to produce soft, approachable, uncomplicated wines, namely in the Languedoc, Chile, California, Italy and Australia.