Château Les Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol, 2017

  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 always rank amongst our 'best value' buys. Saintayme, Chenade, Cruzelles and Montlandrie offer excellent value for money. Denis is quite rightly very proud of his 2017s, referring to them as a 'rare triplet' (with 2015 and 2016). Les Cruzelles hails from the clay and gravel sites in Lalande de Pomerol and usually has a higher percentage of Merlot in the blend than La Chenade, however, this year the assemblage is exactly the same (80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc). The terroir produces a more muscular and denser style of Lalande. This is quite brooding with an intensely dark fruit character of mulberries and mineral infused cassis. It is impressive and bold, but perhaps lacks some of the charm and elegance of the La Chenade. 40% new oak.

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.