From the famous proprietor Denis Durantou, this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from a vineyard just adjacent to its more famous neighbor, Pomerol, is a terrific 2012, one of the best Les Cruzelles I’ve tasted, right up there with some of the impressive Lalande de Pomerols of 2009 and 2010. This wine is supple-textured, opulent and full-bodied, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of mocha, black cherry and currant fruit. Long, full-bodied, rich, it is best drunk over the next 10-12 years. A sleeper of the vintage. Drink: 2015 - 2027
The La Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked from 21st September until the 1st October, the Cabernet Franc picked on 6th October. There is certainly good volume on the nose with brambly dark berry fruit and briary scents. The oak will integrate during élevage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. This is a tightly wound La Cruzelles, a little more masculine that previous vintage with a good backbone. It is focused and linear as always, with ample freshness on the finish that does not quite have the persistency of a top vintage, which is to be expected. Still a lovely wine that should be afforded two or three years in bottle. Tasted April 2013.
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, on clay and gravel. Less aromatic on the nose than the Chenade and the oak more evident. A little short of flesh in the middle but it has been made in a way that balances this so it is fresh and not astringent, the dark fruit brought out on the finish, which is longer than La Chenade. (JH)
This 11 hectare property in Lalande de Pomerol is situated 1 km from the famous plateau of Pomerol, and is visible from the back door of Eglise Clinet. The Château was purchased in 2000 by Denis Durantou who ages the crop in 50% new oak and relegates fruit from the younger vines to his La Chenade label. Often better than many Pomerols and Saint Emilions that we taste, yet moderately priced thanks to the appellation. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are selected from the best terroirs of the vineyard - clay soils similar to those on the plateau of Pomerol. A wine that always reminds us of a top Pomerol. This is absolutely gorgeous with deep, plummy, chewy ripe fruit. Hints of white chocolate and raisins. Fabulous intensity and purity, this really does taste like a top Pomerol. Smooth, sexy and silky.
The nose is lush ripe fruited with lots of fleshy plum. Rounded tannins and sweet black fruits give a sumptuous fleshy suppleness on the palate lots of bramble jelly. The sweetness is balanced by freshness but the finish is mouth filling and satisfying. 2016-27.
With its elevation, unusually high percentage of Cabernet Franc (for Lalande de Pomerol) and rich, clay and gravel terroir, Les Cruzelles is a special spot that outperforms its appellation. Dense, serious and sweetly perfumed, this is plump and ripe, but with underlying spice and minerality. The bargain of the vintage. Drink: 2018-30
Aromas of chocolate, melted caramel, toffee and black cherry jam emerge from this sexy, full-bodied, lush wine. Consume it over the next 7-8 years.
Given what proprietor Denis Durantou accomplished at his flagship estate of l'Eglise Clinet, it is not surprising that his Lalande de Pomerol is another brilliant wine as well as a major sleeper of the vintage. Harvested between September 21 and October 1, the 2012 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.