The 2016 La Chenade, the Lalande de Pomerol from Denis Durantou, was bottled at the end of May 2018. It has a beautiful, well-defined bouquet that offers charming scents of wild strawberry, red currant and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with an almost Burgundian tannin profile. This La Chenade is silky in texture and perfectly balanced, revealing palpable mineralité at its core. A stupendous wine from Durantou that oozes class and will give at least a decade’s worth of drinking pleasure. Drink 2021-2036.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from Denis Durantou's estate in Lalande-de-Pomerol. It was picked 24-29 September for the Merlot and 6 October for the Cabernet Franc at 39 hectoliters per hectare and then matured in 40% new oak. It has a lovely nose that needed some coaxing from the glass, eventually revealing black cherries and touches of bergamot with Earl Grey following later. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fresh right from the start, very harmonious with an elegant, quite minerally finish. Very elegant, very suave, very promising. Drink 2020 - 2032.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2016 La Chenade opens with tar and chargrill scents over a core of warm blackberries and black cherries with a waft of raspberry leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with tarry black fruits, structured with chewy tannins and finishing on a dried herbs note. Drink 2020-2027.
|Score: 88||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018|
So delicious already with delicious depth and fruitiness, yet this always retains its balance and length. Fine tannins and a raspberry, cassis finish. You want to drink this now.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 La Chenade offers a striking interplay of sweet red berry/plum fruit, blood orange, mint and exotic spice. Cabernet Franc aromatics are super-expressive in this pliant, mid-weight Lalande de Pomerol, with rose petal, star anise and savory herb overtones that emerge in the glass. La Chenade shows just how appealing 2016 is, even among humbler appellations. The 2016 is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2018-2026.
|Score: 92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 La Chenade is plump, juicy and absolutely delicious. Soft and pliant, with silky tannins, the 2016 will drink well upon release. Sweet floral and spice notes infuse a core of dark red stone fruit in this polished, classy Lalande de Pomerol from Denis Durantou. Tasted two times.
|Score: 90/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Luscious and florally perfumed. Not immensely long but hugely enjoyable. GV
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
Made by the brilliant Denis Durantou of Chateau L'Eglise Clinet. The fruit is sourced from a section of the Les Cruzelles vineyard with gravel soil. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 1700 case production. This has probably been Farr Vintners' biggest selling Bordeaux wine en primeur over the last 15 years. Year on year La Chenade delivers the goods but the price remains reasonable. A wine that never lets you down. Elevage in 40% new oak barrels. Cherries and raspberries on the nose with a lovely sweet vanilla note. Silky, ripe and smooth on the palate, there is grip from crunchy but ripe tannins and great length from pure fruit intensity. Long and harmonious on the finish, this will be superb value for money, as always.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
A smoking good wine from an appellation that should get more recognition that it does, the 2016 Chenade offers a floral, medium to full-bodied style that carries loads of gravelly minerality as well as notes of black cherries, raspberries, spring flowers, and earth. With terrific purity and, again, a lovely floral quality, it’s a gorgeous red to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years. 2019 - 2034.
|Score: 93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
Bramble freshness the nose has a fragrant mix of fruits the start of the palate light and bright. Rich and ripe in the middle sweet black plums the supple fleshiness is underpinned by freshness. The tannins are well integrated the finish has sweetness and length. 2025-36
|Score: 87/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
“The revenge of the Merlot” is how Denis Durantou describes his 2016s. This comes from gravel soils and is almost indecently perfumed in 2016, with notes of wild Mediterranean herbs, some grassy, leafy undertones and fleshy, yet refreshing flavours. 2022-28
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
A Denis Durantou favourite, always worth following. This is a major buy, so juicy with cooling fruit on the finish, it softens and lifts at the same time. Some floral character caresses the fruit. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc on gravel picked between 24th and 29th September, and aged in 40% new oak.
|Score: 91||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|
Very floral and seductive on the nose, this is a wild red berry concoction with stunning purity and a slim chassis but there is huge energy and drive here with actively feisty tannins overlaying epic acidity. Wonderful and in time, this will grow and grow. I expect the nose to develop more, too, into a complete beauty.
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2017|