La Chenade 2019

Lalande de Pomerol

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Tasting Notes

From the talented Denis Durantou, the 2019 Château La Chenade has a great bouquet of spiced red and black fruits, sappy flowers, sandalwood, and foresty, slightly herbal notes. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, yet rich Lalande de Pomerol that has beautiful tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's beautifully done and should be snatched up by readers. It can be drunk today or cellared for 15 years.

Score: 94

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com Maturity: 2022-2037 11 April 2022

The 2019 La Chenade is a lovely Lalande-de-Pomerol from the Darantou family, bursting with aromas of plummy fruit, wild berries, rose petals, smoke and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, ample and enveloping, with supple tannins, succulent acids and a nicely defined finish, this charming wine represents one of the great values of right bank Bordeaux.

Score: 92

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2021 - 2039 07 April 2022

Plenty of dried fruit with some figs and berries. Coffee and smoke, too. Opens to flowers and pure fruit. Full-bodied and round-textured with a juicy, yummy finish. Drink after 2024.

Score: 93

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com Maturity: 2024+ 04 February 2022

Plenty of sweet berries with chocolate and smoke. Even coffee. It’s medium-bodied with ripe tannins. Cherries at the end.

Score: 92 - 93

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 13 May 2020

The 2019 La Chenade retains its exuberant nose of ripe black plum and kirsch scents, though on this showing, perhaps the Saintayme has a little more delineation now that both wines are in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied and shows more delineation and precision than the aromatics at the moment, offering dark berry fruit, white pepper and a touch of graphite, and turning quite spicy toward the finish. The nose does cohere in the glass, though, so afford this a year or two in bottle.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024 - 2038 01 February 2022

The 2019 La Chenade in Lalande-de-Pomerol was picked between 18 and 26 September and matured in 30% new oak. Unlike Durantou's fellow Lalande-de-Pomerol, this is predominantly red fruit rather than black with exuberant raspberry and cranberry, almost pastille-like. The palate is extremely well balanced, maybe with a bit more structure and weight than Les Cruzelles. The finish is spicy thanks to a liberal dash of cracked black pepper. Wonderful, as usual.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2023-2038 16 June 2020

The 2019 La Chenade in Lalande-de-Pomerol was picked between 18 and 26 September and matured in 30% new oak. Unlike Durantou's fellow Lalande-de-Pomerol, this is predominantly red fruit rather than black with exuberant raspberry and cranberry, almost pastille-like. The palate is extremely well balanced, maybe with a bit more structure and weight than Les Cruzelles. The finish is spicy thanks to a liberal dash of cracked black pepper. Wonderful, as usual.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2023-2038 01 June 2020

The 2019 La Chenade is a racy, voluptuous wine that will thrill readers who admire the late Denis Durantou's wines. Plush and succulent in the glass, with terrific presence, the 2019 exudes class from start to finish. Spice, cedar, leather and tobacco accents meld into a core of red-fleshed fruit. Persistent and vibrant from start to finish, La Chenade is a winner.

Score: 92

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024 - 2039 01 February 2022

The 2019 La Chenade is plump and voluptuous in the glass, with terrific fruit presence and tons of pure character. Inky dark cherry, plum, spice, new oak and chocolate are all amped up in this racy, super-inviting Lalande de Pomerol. Denis Durantou and his team coaxed an unreal level of finesse in 2019. Harvest took place between September 18 and 26.

Score: 91 - 93

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 18 June 2020

The 2019 La Chenade is plump and voluptuous in the glass, with terrific fruit presence and tons of pure character. Inky dark cherry, plum, spice, new oak and chocolate are all amped up in this racy, super-inviting Lalande de Pomerol. Denis Durantou and his team coaxed an unreal level of finesse in 2019. Harvest took place between September 18 and 26. Denis Durantou's 2019s are absolutely brilliant across the board. My tasting was obviously bittersweet, as Durantou lost his battle with illness just a few weeks prior. Denis Durantou was one of the most intriguing characters in Bordeaux. I can't say I knew him well, but I always enjoyed tasting with him, as he was a person that spoke more with his eyes than with words. Things were implied rather than overtly stated. So, I tasted the 2019s with daughters Constance and Noémie over Zoom, in typical 2020 fashion. The Durantou sisters describe 2019 as a year with an early flowering and homogenous ripening that led to small, concentrated berries and higher pHs than normal. Temperatures were kept cool in the cellar, where both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations took place over cuvaison of 21 days (for all wines), in a reductive environment with little oxygen. From top to bottom, the Durantou 2019s are positively stellar. Don't miss them!

Score: 91 - 93

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 01 June 2020

Grilled almond, sweet raspberry and red cherry fruit, fresh acidities, easy to love. Touch of gunsmoke reduction. Harvest September 18 to 26. 30% oak.

Score: 92

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2023-2038 26 January 2022

Sweet, carefully extracted and poised blackberry and brambled fruits with gentle smoked oak notes and fresh acidities that cut through the heat of the summer. Delicate overall, this is an unforced and highly enjoyable wine.

Score: 91

Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2023-2036 14 May 2020

Produced by Denis Darantou and family of Château L’Eglise-Clinet, this is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 La Chenade has a little reduction to begin, soon breaking through to reveal notes of raspberry pie, baked plums and boysenberries with hints of dusty soil, charcoal and wild sage. Medium-bodied, the palate is juicy and refreshing, with a light chewiness to the tannins and bags of freshness, finishing savory.

Score: 88 - 90

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 15 June 2020

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc; 30% new oak. Barrel sample. Round, forward and clearly for early drinking. Meaty, savoury edge to the fruit but aromatic freshness as well. Palate juicy with light but fine tannins. No great complexity but plenty of simple pleasure. (JL) 14%

Score: 16

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2028 25 May 2020