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[Add to shopping basket] Chenade Lalande de Pomerol £145 88-90 87-88 88-90 89 86-89 -
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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.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2020-2028

A firm and silky wine with berry and cherry character. Medium body, light tannins and a clean finish.

Score: 87 - 88 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 La Chenade is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and has quite an earthy nose giving notes of truffles, mossy bark and tilled soil over a core of red and black plums and a waft of incense. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with refreshing red and black fruits supported by chewy tannins and finishes with an invigorating lift.

Score: 88 - 90 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

A lovely, beautiful vibrant quality to the tannins that sit quietly under the fresh but full dark fruits. From gravel and clay soils, a few plots were affected by frost. Harvest took place between 14 and 22 September. No new oak here.

Score: 89 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2022-2032

Offers a slightly tangy pomegranate and damson plum core, with high-pitched floral and rooibos tea notes. A savory echo emerges on the finish.

Score: 86 - 89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Deep purple crimson. Smells of small, wild hedgerow berries and raspberry vitality. Second-fill barrels and just a hint of chocolate. Lovely freshness and that fine graphite note on the finish. Refined texture, just a little chewy for now, and lots of fruit and a persistent finish.

Score: 16 - 17 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2028

The 2017 La Chenade, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, is terrific. Deep, powerful and savory, the 2017 packs a serious punch. A rush of cedar, licorice, smoke, dried Mediterranean herbs and underbrush adds aromatic complexity. Today, the 2017 is showing quite a bit of tannin, but time in barrel should take care of things. This is a strong showing from Denis Durantou's Lalande de Pomerol.

Score: 89 - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2020-2022

[Add to shopping basket] Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol £200 90-92 90-91 89-91 91 87-90 -
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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.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2021-2035

This shows a pretty center palate of dark fruit and hints of salt. Medium-bodied, firm and silky.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Blended of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Les Cruzelles opens with crushed blackcurrants and blackberry compote notions with underlying menthol, pencil lead, anise and tobacco notes plus a waft of black pepper. Medium-bodied and quite minerally in the mouth, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with persistent earthy nuances.

Score: 89 - 91 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

This has plenty of distinct strands of flavour – some real stuffing to the rich red fruits, persistent tannins infused with freshness. The Merlot was picked 13 to 22 September and Cabernet Franc on 22 September. From gravel and clay soils with a little sand. An excellent choice in Lalande-de-Pomerol, from the skilled hands of Denis Durantou.

Score: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2023-2036

Gently steeped black currant and blackberry fruit glides through, infused with a mix of tea, savory and incense notes. Reveals a light sanguine echo at the end.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Very dark core, almost black. Definite sweetness of oak on the nose but also dark and savoury, lightly charry note. Juicy and very fresh on the palate, more scented on the palate and the tannins more supple than on La Chenade at the moment. Juicy, fresh finish, needs the oak to die back a bit.

Score: 16 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2027

The 2017 Les Cruzelles is another fabulous Lalande de Pomerol from Denis Durantou. Gravel, smoke, cured meats, blueberry jam and incense give the Cruzelles much of its dark, brooding personality. Next to La Chenade, Les Cruzelles is darker, more tannic and offers greater structural intensity.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com