Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon
    Château Montlandrie

    Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon,

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    Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon, 2015

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon, 2015

    Denis Durantou is famed for 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 communes 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 appearing there too. Two thirds of the final blend comes from vines planted by Denis in 2009. We've always loved Montlandrie. The clay and limestone terroir near to the windmill has enormous potential and Denis always seems to capture the essence of this plot. It is usually just on the right side of glossy; a polished, modern style, but true to its terroir. The 2015 must be one of the finest examples to date. Produced from 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Cabernet has real character giving a real sense of finesse, energy and an aromatic quality. Notes of flowers, graphite, blåbär and wild plums. There is a wonderful sappy intensity and minerality to the sumptuous palate. Vital, classical and grippy; an impressive Montlandrie!

    ABV:
    14.5%
    93/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    The Castillon wine owned by the Durantou family, still being made by the late Denis Durantou in 2018, and one to look out for in a vintage that favoured limestone soils. Raspberry and blueberry fruits dominate, with sweet black cherry coming in as it opens, laced with fragrant tomato leaf and mouthwatering wet stone salinity. I love this wine, it is joyful and consistently impressive. 40% new oak, harvested first few days of October.
    Date Reviewed:
    10/2021
    91/100
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    Montlandrie 2018 has a deep garnet purple color. It opens with vibrant scents of wild blueberries, kirsch, and black raspberries, plus hints of roses and wild sage. Medium to full-bodied, the structured palate is firm and grainy, with a rugged finish.
    Date Reviewed:
    02/2023
    90/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2018 Montlandrie has the ripest bouquet of the late Denis Durantou’s 2018s , featuring copious black cherries mingled with blueberry and blood orange scents, almost exotic considering the growing season. The palate is well balanced with dark black fruit, hints of pencil lead becoming more prominent toward the finish, where, as I remarked from barrel, the wood component is just a little too vocal. Give it 2–3 years in bottle.
    Date Reviewed:
    03/2021

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    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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    Château Montlandrie

    Château Montlandrie

    It is hard to think of anyone more charismatic or energetic in Bordeaux than the dynamic Denis Durantou. His flagship Chateau L’Eglise Clinet is regarded as Pomerol royalty, but for those who want exceptional quality and like the idea of a bargain, should fill their boots with Chenade, Saintayme, Les Cruzelles and Montlandrie. The latter is Denis’ property on the hill of Castillon.

    Castillon is a continuation of the Cote of St Emilion and this is reflected in the terroir of this 12 hectare vineyard. Clay and limestone soils and a steep southerly facing aspect provide perfect conditions. Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate plantings (65% and 20% respectively) with 15% of Cabernet Sauvignon.

    2009 was the first vintage Denis produced and it was a roaring success. Voluptuous, silky and characterful, it was a superb debut. The 2010 reached even greater heights with clearer delineation and even more lavish fruit. Subsequent vintages have gone from strength to strength. It is extremely rare if Montlandrie does not feature in our top ten ‘best value’ picks – it is a wine we love to buy and drink for its immediate charms, but have no doubt, this is a serious, dense wine with plenty of ageing potential.

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