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[Add to shopping basket] Chenade Recommended Value for money Lalande de Pomerol £100 - 88-90 - - 16 88-91 87-90
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The La Chenade 2014 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from gravel soils, picked September 24-29 and October 17-21, respectively. Matured in 30% new oak, it has a slightly simpler bouquet compared to Denis Durantou’s Saintayme, but still very pure with blackberry and hints of undergrowth, a light marine influence coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with veins of dark chocolate on the entry, the oak probably needing a little more time to fully integrate than the Saintayme. It segues into a spicy and slightly austere finish that should gain more flesh during its élevage. (88-90+ Points)

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2016-2022

Bright crimson. Quite angular and structured. Lots of minerality on the end. Less charming than the Saintayme St-Émilion tasted immediately before. (16+ Points)

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2027

Features a lightly dusty frame around the core of damson plum, cherry and red currant fruit. Subtle licorice and tea notes pervade the finish. This still as some unwinding to do, but should be solid.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 La Chenade, Denis Durantou's entry-level wine from Lalande de Pomerol, is quite silky and expressive, with plenty of nuance to match its mid-weight, succulent personality. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and spice are laced into the inviting, pretty finish. There is plenty to like here. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 87 - 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol £135 - 89-91 - - - 88-91 89-92
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The Château Les Cruzelles 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked from 24 to 29 September and 17 to 21 October and aged in 50% new oak. The nose is ripe and generous with wild strawberry and dark plum aromas, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and fine tannin. It is not a complex Lalande-de-Pomerol but is (as usual) extremely well balanced with a fine degree of tension and finesse on the broody finish. Give this a couple of years in bottle and it should give several years of pleasure, probably more.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2027

Dark ruby colour. Appealing with cherry and cranberry fruit, combined with lifted notes of orange peel. Purity and refreshment value in the mouth and really quite exciting to taste – with ripe tannins also, this is impressive stuff.

Score: - Albany Vintners

Raspberry and cherry coulis flavors form the core, with hints of spice and tea along the edges. Subtle length.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Mocha, plums, black cherries, spices and new leather are all wrapped together in the 2014 Les Cruzelles. A deep, pliant wine, the 2014 Les Cruzelles possesses fabulous depth and pure resonance. Exotic spiced notes add nuance on the super-expressive finish. The 2014 is 90% Merlot and only 10% Cabernet Franc, although the flavor and tannin profile suggests there is much more Franc. I very much like the sense of energy here.

Score: 89 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol £150 - 89-91 - - 16 87-90 88-91
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The La Fleur de Bouard 2014 has a rich and opulent bouquet, quite lavish, but it needs more delineation to come through. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, tightly knit blackberry fruit with a hint of charcoal toward the linear finish. This is a very 'contained' Lalande-de-Pomerol that should stretch its wings after bottling, though I always find it difficult to discern much personality in Hubert de Bouard's wine.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2032

Rich, toasty nose. Very thick and pretty sweet but not over the top. A friendly mouthful - cheerful. (16+ Points)

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2025

Fresh but lighter-bodied, with modest intensity to the raspberry coulis and damson plum fruit. Pretty spice and suave toast helps fill in the finish.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 La Fleur de Boüard is exuberant and bold. Sweet red cherries, red currant, flowers, mint and spices are laced together in a silky, racy wine built on pure texture, while the long, persistent finish is quite inviting. This is a classic de Boüard wine built on opulence. The blend is 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Score: 88 - 91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com