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The Montlandrie is from limestone soils, a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new oak. The nose is very harmonious and pure with scents of strawberry cheesecake, fresh raspberry and a touch of spice. There is just a little reduction but it soon blows away. The palate is medium-bodied with very smooth, filigree tannins. There is a fine sense of symmetry to this wine, focused and long in the mouth, with a sensual dark cherry and bergamot tinged finish. Gorgeous. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this Cote de Castillon from Denis Durantou is showing just a little sur-maturite on the nose. The palate is full-bodied with plush, rounded tannins, good depth of flavour, much more restrained on the finish than the nose would suggest. Just a little untamed at the moment. Tasted April 2011.
|Score: 87/89||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Montlandrie reveals a nose of prunes, dried mulberries and blackberry compote with touches of fried herbs, unsmoked cigar, cedar chest and crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate is firm and chewy with just enough freshness to lift the dried fruit and earthy layers to a long finish.2020-2032
|Score: 91||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020|
A solid wine, with gorgeous fruit and intense fruit . Full and velvety, loads going on here. 70 percent Merlot and 30 percent cabernet Franc.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2011|
The new Côtes de Castillon vineyard of famous Pomerol winemaker Denis Durantou of L'Eglise Clinet. This 11 hectare vineyard has 25 year old vines- 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. Like all of Denis Durantou's wines in 2010 this is an outstanding wine and we hope it will be modestly priced too. This has a wonderful nose- so much going on here. Black cherries, spice, pencil shavings and creme de cassis. On the palate this is really generous and charming with beautiful ripe fruit, a creamy texture and a touch of tannin to balance. This must rival Roc de Cambes as the best wine that we tasted from outside the "big name" appellations.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
The black fruit on the nose is ripe and full with the richness giving flesh on the start of the palate. The plush ripe fruit is underpinned with fresher flavours and although it is a bit tight on the back palate there is ripe fruit right at the back.
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
Denis Durantou's (Eglise-Clinet) second vintage. Definitely more structured than the '09 with attractive fruit and spicy, chalky complexity. Drink 2014-2020.
|Score: 16||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2011|
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