Released yesterday afternoon, 2021 Les Cruzelles, La Chenade, Montlandrie and Saintayme from the Durantou family are right up amongst the best value wines we know of from Bordeaux. This is the first year we have visited since Denis Durantou passed away in 2020 and we were delighted to see that his daughters Alix, Noemie and Constance, along with oenologist Oliver Gautrat, continue to run this as a family business.
We tasted with Constance Durantou, who has recently returned to the domaine after working in the diplomatic service in London. With hilarious wit and a command of English which extends to a 'Sarf London' accent (for comic effect), she also exuded an intense focus and impressive attention to detail when it came to the wines. Constance's sister Noémie is the winemaker, working with Gautrat, who worked with Denis Durantou for two decades.
The style of all four wines in 2021 is less about power and offers more perfumed aroma and mineral, saline energy than recent vintages, which is no bad thing. Once again, we suggest going 'deep' on all four estates, we doubt you will be anything other than delighted as you enjoy the wines over the coming decade.
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|RED||2021||Château La Chenade||75cl||£156 per case of 12||Château La Chenade
2021 / / 75cl
£156 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"100% Merlot. Cask sample. Meaty and savoury with a touch of hedgerow fruit. Some leafiness on the palate, otherwise supple, succulent and round. Slight bitter edge and sandy tannins on the finish. 15.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"The precision that you find so often in the Durantou family estates is fully on display here, with carefully placed redcurrant and raspberry fruit and gentle waves of campfire smoke. A little soft through the mid palate, but all in balance. No frost or mildew, giving yields of 45hl/h. Sandy gravel soils, harvest September 23 to October 1. Noémie Durantou winemaker. 88 points" janeanson.com------"The 2021 La Chenade was picked between September 24 and October 1 and this year is pure Merlot. Again, it is simple but clean and well-defined on the nose of brassy red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit. The palate is balanced with vivacious red fruit. It pulls up a tad short, but there is still plenty of flavor and freshness here. Fine. 87-89 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com------"The 2021 La Chenade, from vineyards in Lalande de Pomerol that were saved from the frost, offers up rich aromas of berries and plums mingled with loamy soil and spices. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and seamless, it's built around powdery tannins and lively acids. 89-90 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"The 2021 La Chenade is a soft, supple Lalande de Pomerol loaded with charm. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate and spice are nicely pushed forward in this attractive, easygoing 2021. La Chenade is all Merlot this year, as the Franc was used for the Cruzelles. 90-92 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com