Les Cruzelles 2015

Lalande de Pomerol

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Les Cruzelles has a fragrant, pure and winsome bouquet with joyful dark cherry and crushed strawberry aromas. It has clearly lost the bashfulness it showed in barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well balanced with succulent, brambly red fruit mixed with truffle and a hint of black olive. This has really blossomed in barrel and frankly, it shows up a lot of Pomerol crus this vintage. Factor in the price that this was released en primeur and if you do not have a case in your cellar, well, too bad!

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2020-2030 01 March 2018

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, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2018-2035 01 April 2016

This is very floral and regal for this appellation with blackberries and dark tea. Medium to full body, fine and polished tannins and a beautiful finish. Love to taste this. Drink now.

Score: 93

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 02 February 2018

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 01 April 2016

Les Cruzelles, Denis Durantou's Lalande de Pomerol, is once again impressive in 2015. There is notable volume and unctuousness to the super-ripe red cherry, espresso and mocha flavors. The 2015 needs another year or two to come together, but it is super-impressive. Les Cruzelles is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from gravelly soils. The 2015 spent one year in French oak, 45% new.

Score: 92

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2019-2030 01 February 2018

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, Vinous.com 01 April 2016

Another release from Denis Durantou, the 2015 Château Les Cruzelles comes from the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged in 45% new French oak. It offers a gorgeous bouquet of black cherries, red currants, spring flowers and smoked herbs, with a touch of background oak. With almost a hint of blue fruits, a terrific floral undercurrent, good acidity, and sweet tannin, it’s just another beautiful wine from Durantou that’s well worth seeking out. It will keep for a decade or more.

Score: 91

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com Maturity: 2018-2028 30 November 2017

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, - 27 April 2016

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 01 April 2016

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 01 April 2016