Denis Durantou is famed from his wonderful Pomerol estate, Chateau L'Eglise Clinet, but he has spread his wings to St Emilion, Lalande de Pomerol and Castillon and it is perhaps in these estates that he has best demonstrated his Midas touch. Year after year, the likes of La Chenade and Montlandrie have topped our best value poll, and now we are seeing Saintayme and Cruzelles there too. Produced from 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from a clay and limestone slope close to the windmill in Castillon. The fruit here is a little more decadent with notes of raspberry, Valrhona chocolate and blood orange. There is a real sense of earthy minerality too. At this stage the tannins are more evident and a little more rustic than some of the other Durantou wines, but there is ample velvety fruit here to cope. As with many of its predecessors, this has a wonderful future.