The wines of Denis Durantou
Our annual visit to Denis Durantou seldom disappoints. A litmus test for the quality of the vintage, recent years have seen Denis habitually turning out one of the most uniformly high level ranges in our entire week in Bordeaux. At one end the likes of Montlandrie, La Chenade and Petite Eglise provide the sort of wonderful drinking value that finds its way into the cellars of many an astute collector, while at the other l’Eglise Clinet generally provides a reference point for some of the finest wines of the vintage.
In 2014 Denis appears to have made a very pure range of wines, one not afraid to major on taut structure, freshness and effortless balance. Once flesh is added during elevage, these will no doubt emerge as thrilling, vibrant and energy filled wines. Depending on your budget, the range crescendos nicely from the extremely well priced La Chenade right up to an Eglise Clinet of rippling tannic structure, purity and profound minerality.
Bravo Denis, this is once again, a range of wines that can be recommended wholeheartedly.