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[Add to shopping basket] Montlandrie Cotes de Castillon £165 £130 - £200 91-93 90-93 92-93 16 90-93 90-93
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The 2015 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between September 29 and October 8, and matured in 45% new oak. This is perhaps more precocious on the nose compared to Denis Durantou's La Chenade and Les Cruzelles 2015s, gradually revealing an attractive floral, dried rose petal/pot pourri scent as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite grippy in the mouth, the acidity nicely judged here and again, very harmonious and sensual on the finish. You could almost whisk this out of barrel and drink this now, but preferably, give it 4-5 years in bottle.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2032

Now owned and made by the super-talented Denis Durantou, the Montlandrie estate is planted on clay-limestone soils on the highest point in Cotes de Castillon. Excellent potential here with a great terroir on the plateau and fairly high elevation. 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Where Les Cruzelles was black fruits, this is more on the red fruit spectrum, ripe and crunchy berries. This is a real pleasure to taste already with layers of ripeness and matching vibrancy. This will be a lovely drink and is the best Montlandrie yet.

Score: 90 - 93 Albany Vintners

A solid core of fruit here. It’s so sexy and exotic with juicy fruit, velvety tannins and a long finish. Bright acidity. Loving it.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Denis Durantou. 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 45% new oak. Dark healthy crimson. Sweet and open on the nose - charming even without great concentration. Very sweet start with marked acidity. Not, unlike some Castillons, like a St-Émilion. But competently made.

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2026

There's some zing to this, with black currant, cherry and plum fruit laced with a mouthwatering note of dried anise. This gets a floral lift through the finish, with a graphite note building as well.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Montlandrie shows just how appealing and delicious the wines of Castillon are this year. Plump, juicy and giving, the 2015 wraps around the palate with striking depth and creaminess. There is plenty of tannin lurking beneath, but it is nearly buried by the intensity of the fruit. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2015 Montlandrie is going to need a few years to be at its best. This is an impressive showing. Montandrie is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon brought in between September 5 and October 6.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com