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[Add to shopping basket] Chenade Recommended Lalande de Pomerol £98 £80 - £110 - 16-17 89-91 89-90 89-91 -
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80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Fruitcake mix, very plump on the palate, but with quite furry tannins to back it up. Attractive aniseed and juniper bitterness on the finish. Good lingering dark fruit, worth bottle ageing. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2028

A good value Pomerol lookalike from Denis Durantou, the celebrated winemaker of Eglise Clinet, containing furit from younger vines. Blue and black fruit with plenty of ripe fresh fruit in the middle. Good body. Fresh and mineral with lovely balance. Very impressive, especially so for the vintage.

Score: 89 - 91 Albany Vintners

This is really delicious and delicate with a silky, refined structure. Medium body. The aromas of roses and strawberries are so enticing.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between 26 September and 2 October. It has a pure bouquet, very floral with very pure wild strawberry and red cherries that are already very generous. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. There is fine tension here, not a powerful Lalande de Pomerol but natural and refined. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Open, with blood orange, cherry pit and pomegranate notes leading to a light floral edge on finish.

Score: 85 - 88 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Cruzelles Recommended Lalande de Pomerol £150 £120 - £160 Low Stock 87-88 17 88-90 86-87 90-92 86
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Delicious wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, who is better known as the magician behind the great Pomerols of L-Eglise Clinet. This relatively nearby vineyard in Lalande has turned out a nice, ripe, rich, medium-bodied, opulent style of wine with lovely mulberry and black cherry fruit, as well as hints of new saddle leather and spice. It is medium-bodied, easygoing and doesn-t have the substance or power to last more than 4 or 5 years, but so what? Drink it up.

Score: 87 - 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2014-2019

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Vibrant perfume, black cherry, wood smoke that dominates the finish. Modern, sleek, juicy. I find this really attractive, though the oak is teetering on being overdone.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2023

Consistently impressive Lalande de Pomerol from Denis Durantou, just a stone's throw from his celebrated Eglise Clinet. Aromatic and fresh with nice perfume and pure black cherry notes. Firm fruit in the middle with more toasty spice and tannin coming through on the finish.

Score: 88 - 90 Albany Vintners

This is silky-textured and juicy with nice fruit but a little fluid. Round and delicious.

Score: 86 - 87 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Les Cruzelles was picked from 26 September until 2 October, the same as La Chenade, and is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The nose is so pure, it almost reminds me of a top quality New World Pinot Noir. Blueberry and cassis to the fore! The palate is medium-bodied with firmer and more present tannins than the La Chenade, rendering this more masculine and probably with more longevity. It exerts a gentle grip towards the saline finish that feels natural and refined. Very fine. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Rarely fails. Attractive crushed red berry nose. Good depth of fruit. Long, fresh and satisfying.

Score: 86 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2023

Features a slightly firm sandalwood frame around a core of gentle damson plum and lightly steeped cherry fruit. The sandalwood edge pinches the finish slightly.

Score: 84 - 87 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol £175 £150 - £195 - 17 88-91 90-91 - 86
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85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Plum, redcurrant, milk chocolate, really charming and interesting, Smooth palate. Some coffee character on the finish. Very characterful, and more immediately appealing than their Le Plus cuvée.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2025

Bright black damson fruit, very forward on the nose, less open on the palate. Lush and ripe with nice acidity and vanilla on the finish.

Score: 88 - 91 Albany Vintners

A very pretty wine for the vintage with a pretty center palate and richness. Full body and integrated with a long finish. A beauty.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Open, expressive dark fruit nose. Fresh and lively on the palate. Tannins fine. Not big but harmonious.

Score: 86 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2016-2020

Light, with a crunchy feel to the pomegranate and cherry pit notes. Savory and bay hints emerge on the finish.

Score: 86 - 89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Plus de la Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol £530 £500 - £650 - - - 91-92 89-91 88
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A wine with a tight core of ripe fruit and mineral character. Full body layered and firm. Big structure but not too much. Balanced.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The aromatics on the Le Plus de Bouard has a little more heft than the regular bottling and given time it coalesces nicely and offer quite an opulent glossy bouquet of black cherries and cassis. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp definition, a fine line of acidity and a slightly abrupt, punchy boysenberry finish. Fine. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Deep, bright colour. Touch of oak on the nose. Less blockbuster than some years but structured. Touch of alcohol on the finish.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2025

Notes of cassis and cherry preserves are silky and refined, with nice minerality lining the finish. This has a perfumy edge throughout, with a flicker of savory at the very end.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator