Bordeaux 2017 - Les Cruzelles, Montlandrie, La Chenade and Saintayme

Bordeaux 2017 - Les Cruzelles, Montlandrie, La Chenade and Saintayme
After the roaring success of Chateau Lafleur on Wednesday, Monsieur Durantou has also decided to come to the party. Denis’ flagship, Chateau L’Eglise Clinet received top marks from Neal Martin along with Lafleur, Lafite, Yquem and L' Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne. We were mighty impressed by his grandiose Pomerol.

As ever, Denis’ wines from the more humble communes of Lalande de Pomerol and Castillon provide some of the best values of the vintage. Special mention should go to the outstanding Montlandrie. This is quite possibly the best example we have ever tasted from this estate – the clarity, precision and aromatics are really exceptional. The Cabernet clones he planted high up on the hill overlooking Castillon provide such vibrancy and complexity.

Alas, the Lalande de Pomerol estates of Les Cruzelles and La Chenade were quite badly affected by frost. As such yields are miniscule, but quality is yet again outstanding – you’ll be hard pressed to find anything as impressive from 2017 at this price point.

Les Cruzelles
“The 2017 Lés Cruzelles comes from clay soils, the Merlot picked from 13 to 22 September, the Cabernet Franc on 22 September, matured in 40% new oak. I found that this has a little more cohesion and focus than the La Chenade at this early stage, blackberry mixed with raspberry and loamy scents, fresh and full of vim. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin. This is very nicely focused with crisp acidity, saline and persistent on the finish. Excellent – this is as good a Lalande de Pomerol as you will find in 2017. 90-92/100". - Neal Martin,

“A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Montlandrie gives up notes of crushed black plums, red currants and black cherries with suggestions of cigar box, yeast extract, tapenade and underbrush. Medium-bodied with a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins, it has beautiful freshness and a mineral-tinged finish. 91-93/100". - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

La Chenade
"The 2017 La Chenade comes from gravel soils in Lalande de Pomerol, picked 8 to 22 September for the Merlot and on 18 September for the Cabernet Franc, that is aged in used oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet, a little more black fruit than red, just a touch of black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin, a pinch of black pepper and spice, a little short but nicely balanced with a pretty, earthy finish. It is not the greatest La Chenade that I have tasted in recent years, yet given the frost damage it should be considered a success. 88-90/100". - Neal Martin,

“The 2017 Saintayme was picked between 29 September and 9 October, matured in 30% new oak. It has a well defined, cranberry and blackberry scented nose, very natural and elegant, the oak neatly intertwined with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly rustic tannin, but very well balanced and surfeit with charm. You could almost run away and drink this already! But for now, we should wait until at least Denis Durantou has bottled it. 89-91/100". - Neal Martin,

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