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[Add to shopping basket] Montlandrie Cotes de Castillon £130 £110 - £150 - 16 87-89 88-89 88-90 85
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75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich cherry on the nose, lovely purity and sweetness. Simple and light on the palate, with just enough tannin to give a bit of grip on the finish. Rounded, smooth, approachable.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2020

Recently purchased by Denis Durantou, this property is excellently situated on a hill overlooking St Emilion, and is the wine (apart from Eglise Clinet) of which he is most proud. Subtle and fresh aromas of strawberry and red cherry fruit. In the mouth there is good weight of juicy cherry fruit, a sandy texture and a touch of the vanilla on the back.

Score: 87 - 89 Albany Vintners

This shows a long, Fresh finish with mineral, blackberry and orange-peel character. Medium body.

Score: 88 - 89 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Denis Durantou's Cotes de Castillon is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (the latter from first pick from vines planted in 2009) harvested between 5 and 9 October. Here we are in red fruit territory on the nose, with crushed strawberry and redcurrant scents interlaced beautifully with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet ripe tannins. It does not quite have the complexity or nuance as the Les Cruzelles, although there is good body and weight towards the finish. Fine. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

5% Cabernet Sauvignon added to the Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend this year. Oak apparent making it a touch awkward but depth of fruit behind.

Score: 85 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2023

Open and easy, with a mix of cherry and pomegranate notes and a lightly crunchy, floral-tinged finish.

Score: 85 - 88 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator