Delicious wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, who is better known as the magician behind the great Pomerols of L-Eglise Clinet. This relatively nearby vineyard in Lalande has turned out a nice, ripe, rich, medium-bodied, opulent style of wine with lovely mulberry and black cherry fruit, as well as hints of new saddle leather and spice. It is medium-bodied, easygoing and doesn-t have the substance or power to last more than 4 or 5 years, but so what? Drink it up.
|Score: 87/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014|
The 2013 Les Cruzelles has an expressive, open and generous bouquet, with vivacious red cherries and mulberry-scented bouquet that has impressive intensity given the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, more black rather than red fruit, good mineralité and tension, leading to the refined, saline finish that I remarked upon when I tasted this from barrel. It outperforms many other Right Bank 2013s with loftier reputations.
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (227), October 2016|
The Les Cruzelles was picked from 26 September until 2 October, the same as La Chenade, and is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The nose is so pure, it almost reminds me of a top quality New World Pinot Noir. Blueberry and cassis to the fore! The palate is medium-bodied with firmer and more present tannins than the La Chenade, rendering this more masculine and probably with more longevity. It exerts a gentle grip towards the saline finish that feels natural and refined. Very fine.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2014|
The nose is fresh the palate has a mix of bramble and black cherry but it fills out in the middle with sweet ripe black plum and although the back palate has a fleshy richness the finish is brambly lighter and fresher.
|Score: 88/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2014|
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2014|
Rarely fails. Attractive crushed red berry nose. Good depth of fruit. Long, fresh and satisfying.
|Score: 16||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2014|
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 and in 2013 we are absolutely convinced that this is the best wine of the vintage that wil be sold at under £200 per case. This does not taste like a 2013 Bordeaux! Deep colour, rich, ripe and spicy on the nose with black cherry, dark chocolate, liquorice and nutmeg. Juicy and creamy on the palate, black cherries and cream with sweet vanilla and a fleshy texture. This wine is plush and of a quality to rival some of the top Pomerols this vintage. The finish is intense, long, sweet and ripe, a real achievement in 2013.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, April 2014|
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Vibrant perfume, black cherry, wood smoke that dominates the finish. Modern, sleek, juicy. I find this really attractive, though the oak is teetering on being overdone. (RH)
|Score: 17||Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2014|