The Cruzelles vineyards have more clay than those of La Chenade. It tends to be a more brooding, serious wine with a higher proportion of Merlot, which sees a little more new oak. Intensely dark fruited, more mulberry and hedgerow fruit, hints of coffee and mineral notes. The palate is deeply impressive, with gorgeous velour textured fruit and spice. It is more impressive than the Chenade, but possesses less spark and vitality. This may wow the critics, but we rather prefer the La Chenade on the basis of our tasting.
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.
Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.
Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan