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The Superb 2020 Durantou Wines

2020 is the first vintage from the Durantou stable since the passing of the great Denis Durantou last year. His family and team are thankfully determined to continue his brilliant work and preserve his legacy. The 2020 vintage represents a superb first step under their stewardship - you won't find better quality for the money anywhere in Bordeaux this year. 
 
Today sees the release of the range of 2020s other than L'Eglise Clinet and La Petite Eglise which will be released later in the campaign. We tasted the full range of the new vintage and the wines are once again outstanding in quality  and fantastic value for money. Several critics have suggested this is a Merlot - and right bank - vintage, and these wines are testament to that potential, finding superb freshness yet fully ripe fruit and tannins.
 
Château Montlandrie built on the excellent 2019 with this latest release. A rich, powerful style for the vintage, it will reward a little patience in bottle but has all the components to offer superb pleasure in the mid-term. It is £181 per dozen this year. It received full praise from critics, with Lisa Perrotti-Brown awarding it 92-94 points. 
 
The production of Les Cruzelles is down 55% on last year so availability is limited and we expect to sell out quickly. It was a standout in the range as always, the core of Merlot-fruit bringing fleshy fruit against a savoury cut of Cabernet Franc. The drop in production sees the price rise to £215 per dozen, but it will still be one of the best value wines from this campaign. The second label La Chenade is just £160 per dozen and will be wonderfully approachable when young. Perrotti-Brown calls it "another superb Chenade". Production is similarly down 60% so snap it up quickly!
 
In Saint Emilion, Saintayme is out at £138 per dozen. A spicy, chalky wine with real weight, it too will be excellent in its youth. James Suckling heaped praise on this wine and scored it a staggering 94-95 points. 

La Petite Eglise will be released at a later date, but with a tiny production again this year we expect to sell out to pre-orders. 

 

Minimum Order – 12 bottles
These wines are offered en primeur and will be physically available in 2023
All prices are in bond, excluding UK duty & VAT

2020 Montlandrie

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Castillon - Cotes de BordeauxMontlandrie Best Value AvailableBT210140-19018188/90 NMMore...20.11111066666790.0088.00Montlandrie0.75190140102021-05-27 00:00:0020.111110666667
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Harvested between 18th and 25th September, the 2020 is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine will be aged in 40% new oak. Deep ruby in the glass with a rich nose of ripe black cherry and iron. The palate is chewy with a rich tannic structure that frames a powerful core of red fruit. Long and smoky on the finish with a real drive of dark cherry and plum. A worthy successor to the excellent 2019.

91-94 points, Farr Vintners

The 2020 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot was picked between the 18th and the 22nd of September, and the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon were picked from the 23rd to the 25th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.5% and is aging in French oak barrels, 40% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with vibrant notes of crushed blackberries, fresh, juicy black plums and mulberries, plus hints of bay leaves, cardamom, ground black pepper and black truffles. The medium to full-bodied palate possesses impressive freshness with a solid backbone of soft, rounded tannins and bags of ripe black fruits, finishing long with a peppery kick. 53,000 bottles are expected to be made. 2025 - 2039

92-94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

Denis Durantou estate up on the limestone plateau of Castillon, now vinified by his daughter Noémie Durantou. Deeply coloured, ruby in colour with fleshy fruit, not giving a whole lot away right now, but this is a fairly discreet vintage in many ways. The dominant impression is of a rough linen and wet stone texture that reflects its limestone soils. Width and depth as it opens in the palate, serious for now but with plenty to give. A yield of 45hl/ha. 3.6pH.

93 points, Jane Andson, Decanter.com

2020 Cruzelles

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Lalande PomerolLes Cruzelles Best Value Sold OutBT300180-240Sold Out90/92 NMMore...23.88888892.0090.00Cruzelles0.75240180102021-05-27 00:00:001
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Harvested between 10th and 16th September, the 2020 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc and will be aged in 50% new oak. 1500 cases will be made. 14.5% abv. Deep ruby in the glass. The nose has incredible purity and delineation of red cherry and plum fruit. There are hints of toasted spices and an intriguing peppery note. The palate is ripe with cherry fruit but there is an undercurrent of graphite and pepper that makes this both fleshy and elegant at the same time. The tannins are plentiful but fine and ripe, making for an almost seamless texture. Cruzelles is a firm favourite here, and with its persistent, vibrant finish, the 2020 should prove to be one of the value picks in Bordeaux once again.

92-95 points, Farr Vintners

The 2020 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, coming from gravelly clay soil. The Merlot was picked from the 10th to the 15th September, and the Cabernet Franc was picked on the 16th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.5% and is aging in French oak barrels, 50% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts with impactful notes of plum preserves, blueberry compote and kirsch, plus suggestions of violets, mocha and pencil lead. The medium to full-bodied palate explodes with vibrant black fruits and fantastic freshness, framed by ripe, velvety tannins, finishing long and fragrant. 18,000 bottles are expected to be made. Drink 2024-2039.

91-93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

Stands out from La Chenade in the vintage, with its velvet texture and a more serious sculpted feel overall. Tobacco and liquorice notes besides black cherry and raspberry fruits, good tension, serious but with Lalande-de-Pomerol unfussy appeal. 3.72pH. A yield of 38hl/ha.

94 points, Jane Anson, Decanter.com

2020 Chenade

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Lalande PomerolLa Chenade Best Value Low StockBT225135-17516091/93 NMMore...17.77777733333393.0091.00Chenade0.75175135102021-05-27 00:00:0017.777777333333
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

The 2020 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and will be aged in 30% new oak. Less than 850 cases will be made. 14% abv. Deep ruby purple in the glass. The nose is chock full of blueberry and plum, with a cool mineral note underneath. The palate is rich and juicy in fruit that is gently framed by succulent and silky tannins. Complexity comes from a hint of savoury spice and toast. This spherical and forward wine is bursting with fruit and freshness. Another superb Chenade that will be approachable when young.

91-93 points, Farr Vintners

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. 2024 - 2038

89-91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

2020 Saintayme/Saintem

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St EmilionSaintayme/Saintem AvailableBT170110-15013887/89 NMMore...15.33333333333389.0087.00Saintayme/Saintem0.75150110102021-05-27 00:00:0015.333333333333
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Picked between 28th and 30th September, production will be a little over 5,000 cases in 2020. Coming in at 14.5% abv, it will be aged in 30% new oak. Deep ruby colour. The nose is rich and ripe with cherry and plums, layered with just a hint of spice. The palate is fleshy and rounded, bursting with red fruit. There is real mid-palate weight, tempered by lightly crunchy but ripe tannin. There is a savoury spice that lingers in the background to add complexity through to a long finish.

90-93 points, Farr Vintners

The 2020 Saintayme is 100% Merlot, harvested between the 28th and the 30th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.5% and is aging in French oak barrels, 30% new. Deep purple-black colored, it needs a little coaxing to unlock scents of tar, forest floor and aniseed, over a core of baked black plums, blackberry pie and chocolate-covered cherries, plus a touch of dried mint. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with muscular black fruits and loads of earthy accents, framed by firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering minty note. 63,000 bottles are expected to be made. 2024 - 2038

90-92 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

A gorgeous red with so much black fruit and salty, mineral character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy, polished tannins and a long finish. The precision and fine texture is impressive. One of the best I have had for a while.

94-95 points, James Suckling

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