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2020 La Chenade En Primeur

2020 La Chenade En Primeur release offer, coming soon...

If you have not yet read about the genius of Pomerol winemaker Denis Durantou, you will can read more about him on our offer of Saintayme here. 

The first vintage since his death last year, the 2020 wines continue in the same spirit as before.  We found exquisite, delicate fruit in La Chenade (at £160 per dozen, which is effectively a second wine to Les Cruzelles.  "Sit back and enjoy...." as Jane Anson says of it (91 points). 

Landing in spring 2023.

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La Chenade, Lalande de Pomerol

Producer Profile

La Chenade, Lalande de Pomerol

La Chenade is effectively the second wine of Château Les Cruzelles, an estate in Lalande de Pomerol which was bought in 2000 by the late Denis Durantou, owner of L'Eglise Clinet in Pomerol.  He bought the 10.5-hectare vineyard having noticed the similarity with the terroir at L'Eglise Clinet, which is only 1km away.

Durantou passed away in 2020 and the wines are now made by his daughters. The fruit for Les Cruzelles is grown on soils with a higher clay content than La Chenade, with slightly more Merlot in the blend, giving darker, more intense wines.  


RED 2020 1 case Château La Chenade 75cl £160 per case of 12 Château La Chenade
2020 / 1 case / 75cl
£160 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Sit back and enjoy the life and sap through this wine, with earthy wild blackberry notes that I really enjoy. No need to wait too long, enjoyably sculpted if a little concentrated in its tannic sign-off. 3.72pH. A yield of 38hl/ha. La Chenade contains a fairly high amount of young vines, which meant it was more affected than Les Cruzelles by the dry summer, but it has been exceptionally well handled. Drinking Window 2023 - 2032. 91 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"The 2020 La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, coming from vines planted to a sandy-gravel soil at the Durantous's Lalande de Pomerol estate. The Merlot was picked between the 9th and the 15th of September and the Cabernet Franc on the 16th of September. It has an alcohol of 14% and is aging in French oak barrels, 30% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes skipping out of the glass with exuberant scents of Morello cherries, boysenberries and crushed red and black plums, plus suggestions of underbrush, damp soil and menthol. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and nicely balanced, with soft acidity and tannins framing the earth-laced red and black fruits, finishing long and minerally. Drink 2024 - 2038. 89-91 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"This is very creamy and polished with attractive blackcurrant and bitter citrus character. Medium-bodied, polished and lovely. 91-92 points""The 2020 La Chenade is clean and precise on the nose, offering a mixture of red and black fruit, plus hints of licorice and light minty scents loitering in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, veering more toward black fruit. An underlying salinity then encourages the saliva to flow on the finish. This is a beautiful Lalande de Pomerol – elegance personified. 91-93 points" Neal Martin,

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