La Chenade, Lalande de Pomerol, 2018

  La Chenade

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. Denis describes 2018 as a 'Révolutionnaire'. It's a big change at the Durantou estates as Denis has retired from winemaking. It's been an extraordinary run with many exceptional wines, but all good things must come to an end. La Chenade tends to be our favourite of these wines, it has a tremendous track record providing charming yet intense fruit wrapped in well-mannered tannins and vibrant acidity. The 2018 is slightly more difficult to assess, but no less rewarding. Very reductive on the nose, on the palate there is plenty of bright engaging fruit, cranberries and blackcurrant. This is much more polished and refined than Saintayme with some serious tannic structure. Very good. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

Contains Sulphites.

About La Chenade

Denis Durantou of Eglise Clinet owns this excellent Lalande de Pomerol estate. The wines are some of the best values from Bordeaux and are firm favourites of the Justerini & Brooks team.

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 Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.