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The 2017 Montlandrie was picked from 13 to 28 September. It boasts an utterly charming bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and just a hint of crushed violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, dark fruit but fresh and lively, very precise with a welcome dash of black pepper towards the graphite-tinged finish. Denis Durantou described this as one of his favorite wines of 2017 and I can understand why.

Score: 91 - 92 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2021-2035

This is very minerally with crushed stones and dark fruit. Medium body and tight and firm tannins. Excellent.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

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.

Score: 91 - 93 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

This has great aromatics right off the bat and a creaminess to the fruit. Yet there’s still freshness delivered by menthol notes on the finish, along with tight spices. This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon that is already pulling its weight. Firm, bright, with real finesse and confidence. Good for medium-term drinking. No frost here, which makes winemaker Denis Durantou very lucky as some parts of Castillon were pretty badly hit. Merlot picked 20-26 September, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon September 28. Production this year expected to be 43,000 bottles, 40% new oak used.

Score: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2022-2032

On the overt side, with a blast of plum and blueberry fruit up front backed by just enough of a chalky spine to keep this honest. Offers a vanilla coating on the finish.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Black core and dark purple crimson rim. Lovely dark cherry-chocolate aroma: both fruit and oak. Fine chalky texture is quite different from the Denis Durantou Lalande wines just tasted. More limestone? Tight and fresh, all still to come, finishing fresh.

Score: 16 - 17 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2030

Succulent red cherry, plum, blood orange, spice and new leather meld together in the 2017 Montlandrie, Denis Durantou's Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux. Pliant, supple and inviting, the 2017 has much to offer. I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later, while the fruit retains its vibrancy. Time in the glass brings out the wine's tannins and overall structure.

Score: 88 - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2019-2029