Ripe, plummy, dense and silky. Plenty of mid palate power and weight but refreshing and really well delineated. The soils at Les Cruzelles are dominated by clay (as opposed to the sand and gravel at La Chenade) and are very much like those on the Pomerol plateau. This is very evident in the wine which is positively Pomerol-esque. Given that this is a fraction of the cost of comparable examples from Pomerol this is one to snap up!
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.
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.