Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon
    Château Montlandrie

    Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon,

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    Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon, 2018

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon, 2018

    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. Montlandrie has been a particular labour of love for Denis. We remember when he bought these vines and have watched with interest as he planted his 'Ferrari' Cabernet clones and seen the quality soar. Produced from 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 possesses wonderful texture and intensity. Fine, long and detailed, there is beautiful clarity to this Montlandrie with noble flavours of cassis, gravel and violets.

    ABV:
    14.5%
    92/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    This is a serious Montlandrie, has far more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, and shows a gorgeously savoury ethereal quality, with slow burn release of black fruits, oyster shell salinity, raspberry leaf and peony aromatics, precise, a slow burn, enjoyable. 36hl/h yield. Noëmie Durantou winemaker.
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2024
    Drinking Window:
    2027 - 2038
    92-94/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2023 Montlandrie sees a change in composition, as a plot of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that Noëmie Durantou planted in 2021 enters the blend for the first time. She found the first-pressed wine for the Cabernet Sauvignon impressive, so she also added that to the blend. The result is 55% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between September 18 and 30 and matured in 50% new oak. This new makeup certainly gives it a different aromatic profile than previous vintages: black cherries, cedar and pencil shavings, very focused, more Left-Bank-meets-Right-Bank in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. It’s beautifully structured and judiciously spiced with gentle grip on the finish. Together with Les Cruzelles, these wines represent outstanding value for money. This will certainly age well in bottle.
    Date Reviewed:
    04/2024
    Drinking Window:
    2027 - 2047

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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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