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Flowers, black licorice, blackberries and minerals all rise to the surface. Transparent. Medium to full bodied, polished and ultra-fine. This is a wine guided for a long time by the owner of Pomerol’s l’Eglise Clinet. Regal. Drink now or hold.
The 2015 Montlandrie is another stellar wine from Denis Durantou. Dark, sumptuous and alluring, the 2015 is going to be virtually impossible to resist in its youth. The blackberry jam, graphite, savory herb, lavender, licorice and crushed rock flavors are remarkably rich and vivid in the glass. As good as the 2015 is today, it also has tons of underlying tannin that is going to need a bit of time to resolve itself. The blend is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2021 - 2030
The 2015 Montlandrie, matured in 45% new oak, has a very succinct and cohesive bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, briary and light espresso scents. The wood is beautifully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, perfectly pitched acidity, a little savory and dried blood surfacing toward the finish to complete a glorious wine that fulfills its promise from barrel. Superb. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
The 2015 Montlandrie was precocious out of barrel but now it has learned some manners and blossomed into a more refined and sophisticated Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, the 45% new oak beautifully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, perfectly pitched acidity, a little savory and dried blood surfacing toward the finish to complete a glorious wine that fulfills its promise from barrel. I suspect this will be longer lasting than many will allow it. Anticipated maturity: 2019 - 2035.
The 2015 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between September 29 and October 8, and matured in 45% new oak. This is perhaps more precocious on the nose compared to Denis Durantou's La Chenade and Les Cruzelles 2015s, gradually revealing an attractive floral, dried rose petal/pot pourri scent as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite grippy in the mouth, the acidity nicely judged here and again, very harmonious and sensual on the finish. You could almost whisk this out of barrel and drink this now, but preferably, give it 4-5 years in bottle. Drink 2019-2032
A solid core of fruit here. It’s so sexy and exotic with juicy fruit, velvety tannins and a long finish. Bright acidity. Loving it.
The 2015 Montlandrie shows just how appealing and delicious the wines of Castillon are this year. Plump, juicy and giving, the 2015 wraps around the palate with striking depth and creaminess. There is plenty of tannin lurking beneath, but it is nearly buried by the intensity of the fruit. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2015 Montlandrie is going to need a few years to be at its best. This is an impressive showing. Montandrie is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon brought in between September 5 and October 6.
Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Juicy fruit and rather supple. Salty. Then grainy tannins on the finish. Reasonable balance with only slightly rasping tannins on the finish. Good zest and direction.
Dark healthy crimson. Sweet and open on the nose - charming even without great concentration. Very sweet start with marked acidity. Not, unlike some Castillons, like a St-Émilion. But competently made.
Deep ruby with a purple tinge. Sweet and ripe in fruit, with lots of plum, cherry and damson. The palate is rich and chewy, with a still-firm tannic structure and ripe, powerful fruit core that will require another year in bottle to settle, but once these integrate this should offer a rich and juicy right bank wine that offers great hedonistic pleasure.
The 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, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% of a new clone of Cabernet Sauvignon that Denis planted in 2009. Aged in 45% new oak. Always modestly priced, this is a wine that gives brilliant value for money. Denis is very proud of his Montlandrie this year, which could be his best vintage yet. Deep ruby in colour with a heady nose of ripe black cherry and opulent damsons and cinnamon. The palate is ripe and seductive with lots of creamy vanilla to support the ripe plum and cherry fruit. Plump and round with no hard edges, the is a hedonistic delight on the long and smooth finish.
The 2015 Château Montlandrie is another gem in this terrific vintage. Made from mostly Merlot blended with 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and brought up in just under 50% new barrels, it offers lots of black cherries, forest floor, toasted spice and dried earth aromas and flavors. Deep, rich, beautifully concentrated and with plenty of tannins, it shows the sexier side to the vintage, yet has structure, acidity, and terrific purity. It's hard to resist today, but will be even better in 2-3 years and have 10-15 years or more of overall longevity. 2020 - 2035
The fruit is ripe depth on the nose and the palate has the fleshy richness of ripe black plum. Brighter and firmer in the middle cherry and bramble but it fills out at the back with ripe fruits the finish fleshy and rich. 2020-30
There’s only 5% Cabernet Sauvignon in Denis Durantou’s wine, but it’s remarkable what it
brings to the blend. Violet-perfumed, with plum, cassis and blackcurrant leaf complemented
by stylish oak and a chalky, minerally freshness. Drink: 2020-30
The aroma here is sublime with the oak is already fully integrated into the mass of red fruit. As always this is a tannic beast and it will require eight to ten years to soften but the perfume suggests that it will be beautiful when it gets there. I am normally a little sceptical about Montlandrie, but in 2015 it is a success.
A powerful, rich wine with a savoury, grainy, dry finish. This is dusty and rich with some polished blackberry and black cherry fruit. There’s some chalky character, but also grippy tannins that seize the finish, leaving a dry feeling in the mouth. Ambitious and quite impressive, but I am slightly wary of the overly dry finish.