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[Add to shopping basket] Chenade Recommended Lalande de Pomerol £140 - 90-92 90-92 92-93 16-17 87-90 90-92
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The 2016 La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from Denis Durantou's estate in Lalande-de-Pomerol. It was picked 24-29 September for the Merlot and 6 October for the Cabernet Franc at 39 hectoliters per hectare and then matured in 40% new oak. It has a lovely nose that needed some coaxing from the glass, eventually revealing black cherries and touches of bergamot with Earl Grey following later. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fresh right from the start, very harmonious with an elegant, quite minerally finish. Very elegant, very suave, very promising.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-2032

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Round and ripe, with glossy fresh fruit and high but rounded tannins leading to a cappucino finish. High quality wine that tastes far more expensive than its likely pricetag.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

So delicious already with delicious depth and fruitiness, yet this always retains its balance and length. Fine tannins and a raspberry, cassis finish. You want to drink this now.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc on gravelly part of Cruzelles. Always picked first by Denis Durantou because it's the warmest of his terroirs. New oak 40%. 1,700 cases. Luscious and florally perfumed. Not immensely long but hugely enjoyable. GV

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

A slightly high-pitched version, with bright cherry and red currant fruit carried by a sleek structure. Doesn't show a ton of range but remains fresh and pure.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 La Chenade is plump, juicy and absolutely delicious. Soft and pliant, with silky tannins, the 2016 will drink well upon release. Sweet floral and spice notes infuse a core of dark red stone fruit in this polished, classy Lalande de Pomerol from Denis Durantou. Tasted two times.

Score: 90 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cruzelles Recommended Value for money Lalande de Pomerol £198 - 91-93 90-93 91-92 16-17 88-91 90-93
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The 2016 Les Cruzelles, Denis Durantou's second estate in Lalande-de-Pomerol, is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked 22-29 September and on 6 October, respectively. The yield is 40 hectoliters per hectare, and it is matured in 50% new oak. It has a very fragrant bouquet with perfumed red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit infused with minerals, like the La Chenade, very harmonious and detailed. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red berry fruit, crisp acidity, a little spicier than the La Chenade and perhaps with a touch more persistence on the finish. Cellar space should be made for this sensual and engaging wine, and if prices follow their trend as in previous years, it could be one of the Right Bank's outstanding values.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-2035

Lovely and round, with an easy texture. Inviting fruit and freshness. Really good!

Score: 90 - 93 Albany Vintners

A very finely textured red with cherries, chocolate and berries. Medium body and fine tannins. A beauty.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Picked 22-29 September and 6 October. More clay and 50% new oak. Ripe and round with real racy structure. Lots of energy and a little more tannin than the Chenade. Good stuff! GV (16.5+ Points)

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

The juicy, fun raspberry and blackberry fruit has melded nicely with singed anise and fruitcake accents. Polished finish.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 Lés Cruzelles is a more serious, structured wine than the Chenade. Beams of tannin give the wine its sense of energy and drive. Blue and purplish hued stone fruits, licorice, lavender, menthol and graphite are nicely delineated. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2016 will need a year or two in bottle to be at its best. I was not at all surprised when proprietor Denis Durantou told me he planned to give the 2016 an extra month or two in barrel. The wine will probably need all of that added time in barrel to fully come together.

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

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol Unreleased - 91-93 91-93 92-93 16-17 - 90-93
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The 2016 La Fleur de Bouard has a generous bouquet with ample black cherry and cassis scents, with a touch of oyster shell and cold flint in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth and supple tannin. The tannins grip the mouth though it does not become too overpowering, while there is an attractive tobacco note that complements the dusky black fruit on the finish. A more classically styled Lalande-de-Pomerol from the de Boüards, it has more personality than previously vintages, and it will give 15-20 years of drinking pleasure.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2022-2038

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very pure dark plum and blackcurrant fruit. Cool and smooth in the mouth, moreish with good verve of acidity on the finish.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

Chewy and dense red with licorice, blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Full body and a tight and firm texture. Shows lovely length, too.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very dark crimson. Bit of sandpaper on the nose. Very rich and sweet. Almost over the top but there is freshness at the end. This is a strong statement! Drying and rather cool on the end.

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2030

The 2016 La Fleur de Boüard is the best wine I have tasted from Hubert De Boüard's Lalande de Pomerol estate. Pliant, creamy and expansive - with notable depth - the 2016 is super-impressive. Raspberry jam, mocha, exotic spice and French oak all meld together. More importantly, though, the 2016 comes across as less heavy and extracted than in the past, with sweet tannins and terrific balance. Today, it is superb. Tasted two times.

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

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Plus de la Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol Unreleased - 90-92 93-96 94-95 - - -
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The 2016 Le Plus from La Fleur de Boüard has an opulent, almost decadent bouquet that delivers a payload of ripe black cherry, cassis and boysenberry jam aromas, hedonistic rather than heady. The palate is full-bodied with very ripe black fruit laced with dark chocolate and plenty of cassis; this is a large and rounded, sumptuous Lalande-de-Pomerol that exchanges the finesse of the vintage with sheer concentration. It has swagger for sure, although it does not have the precision of some of de Boüard's other 2016s.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2023-2040

100% Merlot from old vines of around 70 years old, yielding 20hl/ha, malolactic fermentation in 100% oak barriques and aged in 100% new oak for 33 months. Hedonistic and upfront with very ripe blackberries, black plum, liquorice and spicy notes. Full-bodied and mouthfilling with a sumptuous thick glycerol texture, amplified fruit and dark chocolate notes and structured drying tannins on the finish.

Score: 93 - 96 Albany Vintners

A fine and polished Le Plus with fine, sophisticated and polished tannins. Full-bodied, juicy and bright. Pretty fruit, acidity and tannin harmony. Old vines.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com