Skip to main content

2023 La Chenade En Primeur

Released this morning for sale en primeur, 2023 Château Saintayme  has lovely precise, concentrated fruit on the palate and supple tannins, with complex aromatics that you may be surprised to find in a 100% Merlot (Jane Anson finds lemongrass on the nose!)...especially considering this is just £10.08 per bottle in bond.  

Offered en primeur, landing spring 2026.

Magnums available with £20 ex-VAT bottling surcharge per six, please enquire re other formats.


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 2023 Château La Chenade 75cl £150 per case of 12 Château La Chenade
2023 / / 75cl
£150 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2023 La Chenade is pure Merlot. Last year contained 20% Cabernet Franc, but this year, Noëmie Durantou blended it into the Les Cruzelles cuvée. Picked on September 13 and matured in 40% new oak, this is noticeably reductive on the nose. It’s quite intense, although perhaps missing amplitude usually bestowed by the Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely texture and a keen line of acidity, lightly spiced with gentle grip on the slightly savory finish. Very satisfying in the mouth, this is a sensual La Chenade that will provide for delicious early drinking. 89-91 points" Neal Martin,"The 2023 La Chenade, 100% Merlot this year, opens with gorgeous aromatics. Medium in body and vibrant, with terrific energy, the 2023 is all class. Cedar, tobacco and dried herbs add an attractive savory/floral character, while bright acids that pull it all together on the close. This is beautifully done. 2028-2038 90-92 points" Antonio Galloni,"The 2023 La Chenade shows a dark, somber profile, evoking aromas of gentian, licorice, mulberries and violet. Medium-bodied with a layered and rich palate, it’s creamy and enrobing with velvety tannins and a long, firm finish. It was made entirely from Merlot grapes that are matured in new oak barrels, comprising 40% of the total. 90-92 points" Yohan Castaing,"La Chenade has depth and layering with lots going on. Crunchy blackberry and raspberry fruit character and round tannins. 100% merlot. Better than 2022. 93-94 points"

Cookie Notice


Find out more about how this website uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience.

Back to top