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[Add to shopping basket] Chenade Lalande de Pomerol £125 £110 - £150 91-93 90-92 - 16 90-93 87-89
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The 2015 La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between September 15-25 and on October 5 respectively, cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 30% new oak. This Lalande-de-Pomerol moves towards red fruit on the nose, crushed strawberry and raspberry pastilles, candied and somehow joyful. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very fine in the mouth with a keen line of acidity. This is a very cohesive La Chenade, elegant and composed with a touch of salinity towards the finish. This is a graceful La Chenade that should drink early, but clearly has the substance to offer 12-15 years of drinking pleasure.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2032

Better known for his prestigious Pomerol Eglise Clinet, Denis Durantou's Lalande de Pomerols are widely recognised as offering fantastic value for money. La Chenade is 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc made from gravel soils. A light pretty nose of ripe strawberries, blueberries and damsons and violets. Good intensity of fruit in the mouth followed by cocoa and vanilla notes on the finish. Creamy tannins that are nicely integrated.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. Purplish crimson. Quite sweet and meaty. Gentle - obviously not top drawer but fun and easy. A bit tart and dry on the end. Needs food. Wait awhile? Fine sandy tannins in abundance. Sweet oak.

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2027

Very fresh, with a bright mineral edge holding sway, followed by enticing blood orange and cherry flavors. The toast is moderate, relying more on freshness in the end.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 La Chenade, Denis Durantou's entry-level Lalande de Pomerol, hits the palate with a rush of intense ripe red fruit, smoke, leather, tobacco and exotic spices. This juicy, exuberant red will drink nicely with minimal cellaring. The flamboyance of the year comes through loud and clear. Chenade is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc taken from the gravelly portion of Durantou's Lalande de Pomerol property. Harvest started on September 15 with the Merlots and wrapped up on October 5 with the Cabernet Franc.

Score: 87 - 89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol £180 £145 - £190 91-93 91-93 92-93 16-17 90-93 89-92
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The 2015 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc on gravel/clayey soil, picked from September 15-22 and October 6 respectively, then matured in 45% new oak. The new wood is seamlessly integrated into this Lalande-de-Pomerol, more broody and introspective than the La Chenade at the moment, but very well defined. The palate is beautifully proportioned with crisp tannin, a fine line of acidity, somehow gentle and understated on the finish, but very long in the mouth. Yet another ridiculously fine wine to load up on, courtesy of Denis Durantou.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2035

This Lalande de Pomerol is made by the dynamic Denis Durantou of Eglise Clinet, a stone's throw (well, 1km) from Eglise Clinet. Black cherry compote and a touch of smoke and incense on the nose. Very clean and focused. Lots of vivid direct fruit, violet and cassis with vanilla on the back. Impressive tannic backbone but all in balance. Silky in texture and long lived. if this were Pomerol it would be much more expensive!

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

This is so on it with velvety tannins and rich fruit. So much fun to taste. Generous and exotic.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 45% new oak. Crimson. Scented and compact nose. Savoury and supple. Very fine for a Lalande-de-Pomerol. Maybe flattering because it went into barrel before Chenade. GV?

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2026

Silky and caressing in feel, with gentle rooibos tea, blood orange and raspberry notes that move gracefully, gaining depth through the finish.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Lés Cruzelles is terrific. Bright, focused and also generous in the glass, the 2015 balances aromatic intensity with textural richness. Dark red cherry, violet, lavender, mint and wild flowers are all beautifully delineated throughout. There is a sense of energy here that is impossible to miss, while the finish is equally memorable. Lés Cruzelles is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc planted on gravel/clay soils. Harvest took place between September 15 and October 6.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol £200 £160 - £230 89-91 91-93 93-94 16 - 84-86
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The 2015 Fleur de Bouard has a powerful redcurrant, wild strawberry and almost, confit-like bouquet that manages to retain satisfactory delineation and freshness. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy ripe tannin, layers of blackberry and blueberry fruit laced with white pepper and a touch of soy, leading to a structured finish. It will need 4-6 years in bottle for those tannins to soften and approach its drinking window. I would just like more joie-de-vivre - it seems too serious at this stage.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2035

Attractive rich aromas with black fruits and cocoa. Generous with nice depth and more chocolately flavours and vanilla oak, this is very moreish and pleasurable. There is some tannic grip and dryness but it is well balanced by the depth of concentrated chocolatey fruit.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

A fabulous bottle with so much salt and blackberry character. Full and chewy yet polished and agile. Persistent finish. 85% merlot, 12% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Inky fragrance. Very round and syrupy on palate entry. Only just the right side of appetising. Dry finish. But all stops have been pulled out! Just a slightly hot end.

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2030

The 2015 La Fleur de Bouärd is dark, massively concentrated and unctuous. There is no shortage of depth, but the 2015 comes across as blowsy and lacking in focus at this stage. Blackberry jam, chocolate and smoke are pushed forward, but the wine never seems to come together. Tasted twice with consistent notes.

Score: 84 - 86 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

Rich and meaty aroma. Smooth, ripe constitution with a big depth of fruit on the palate. Tannins are firm but polished. Will represent good value.

Score: 91 Decanter

[Add to shopping basket] Plus de la Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol £690 £600 - £720 90-92 - 95-96 16-17 - 89-92
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The 2015 La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus has an intense, corpulent, ravishing bouquet with sexy blueberry, blackberry and cassis aromas shrouded by just a touch of alcohol. The palate is full-bodied with dense, but polished tannin. This is a harmonious Lalande-de-Pomerol, sleek and smooth with layers of sweet black fruit, but it just misses the precision and refinement that others possess. Still, it feels long in the mouth - one for those seeking hedonistic pleasure.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2040

Incredible depth of fruit with blackberry and blueberry character as well as walnut shell and chocolate. Full body, balanced. Very long finish. Best ever? 100% merlot.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very dark purple. Opulent concentration on the nose. Veering towards syrupy on the finish too. For those who hanker after the turbo-charged right bank wines of old.

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2030

The 2015 Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouärd offers notable density and plenty of impact. Black cherry, smoke, mocha, plum, licorice, torrefaction and bittersweet chocolate are some of the signatures. There is plenty of richness in the glass, but the ripe, heavily extracted style also comes with a loss of freshness. Readers should expect a big wine. Tasted two times.

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

100% Merlot. The nose is reserved but hiding a big depth of fruit and the palate is unctuous and spicy with caressing tannins. Rich constitution but a gentler hand than some years. Tannins present but finely honed. Great expression of Merlot.

Score: 91 Decanter