A thrilling offering from proprietor Denis Durantou (who also owns Pomerol's l'Eglise-Clinet), this blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc is a surprisingly large-scaled Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon revealing a dense ruby/purple color as well as lots of sweet mulberry, kirsch, black currant, licorice, spring flower and graphite notes. Medium to full-bodied as well as remarkably concentrated, this wine outperforms many of Bordeaux's more famous names in this vintage. A stunner in quality and value, it can be enjoyed over the next 10+ years. It is a sleeper of the vintage.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014|
From Chateau l'Eglise Clinet's proprietor, Denis Durantou, this big time sleeper of the vintage may be even better than the 2009 Montlandrie. The dark ruby/purple-colored 2011 appears to have hit every sweet spot on the palate, offering lots of plum, black currant, incense and floral notes. With a velvety palate, attractive opulence and terrific fruit intensity (but no hard edges), this is a hedonistic as well as intellectually pleasing wine that sells for a song. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
The Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot picked from 20th until 23rd September and 25% Cabernet Franc picked between 24th and 26th September aged in 50% new oak. It has a very lifted bouquet with mulberry fruit, a touch of oyster shell and orange blossom. It unfurls nicely over five minutes, for this is certainly a sample that needs time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip on the entry. It is a bold Cotes de Castillon wine, quite sinewy with firm grip, but it keeps it freshness from start to finish. Very fine. Tasted April 2012.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
This shows lots of blueberry and mineral character with hints of chalk. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a polished, refined texture. Needs another two or three years to soften.
|Score: 90||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014|
The new Côtes de Castillon vineyard of famous Pomerol winemaker Denis Durantou of L'Eglise Clinet (first vintage was 2009). This 11 hectare vineyard has 25 year old vines- 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 50% new oak. Plump and opulent with a touch of pruney black fruit and hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Despite the exotic opulence this wine has a fresh and vibrant character and classic structure. We preferred this to countless Saint Emilions that will sell for a higher price.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
|Score: 90||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
From the Denis Durantou (l'Eglise-Clinet) stable. Firm, forceful and structured in style. Hint of Saint-Emilion from St-Christophe-des-Bardes. Good value. Drink 2015-2022.
|Score: 15.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2012|