En Primeur Bordeaux 2016

Lalande de Pomerol - The wines with tasting notes

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Chenade Lalande de Pomerol Unreleased - - 90-92 92-93 16-17 87-90 -
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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

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol Unreleased - - 90-93 91-92 16-17 88-91 90-93
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Lovely and round, with an easy texture. Inviting fruit and freshness. 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 92-93 16-17 - 90-93
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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 - - 93-96 94-95 - - -
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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