Les Cruzelles 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionLalande Pomerol
ColourRed
TypeStill

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 far cheaper thanks to the unfashionable 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. Recent vintages have been stunning and there have been impressive results in recent blind tastings including the "Southwold Group". Along with Roc de Cambes, this is, in our view, the best wine produced in a "satelite appellation" of Bordeaux. Pricing policy is moderate. We absolutely love Les Cruzelles!


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Les Cruzelles, Denis Durantou’s other Lalande de Pomerol after La Chenade, was bottled around the same time, at the end of May 2018. It has a slightly more savory bouquet than the La Chenade, featuring scents of black cherry and lavender plus light notes of crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, grippy tannin. There is a symmetry and tension about this Les Cruzelles that I love. It’s a tad closed at the moment, but it will open in its own time. "Give it a chance to mellow," says Durantou. Sage advice. Drink 2022-2038.

Score: 92Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Les Cruzelles, Denis Durantou's second estate in Lalande-de-Pomerol, is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked 22-29 September and on 6 October, respectively. The yield is 40 hectoliters per hectare, and it is matured in 50% new oak. It has a very fragrant bouquet with perfumed red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit infused with minerals, like the La Chenade, very harmonious and detailed. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red berry fruit, crisp acidity, a little spicier than the La Chenade and perhaps with a touch more persistence on the finish. Cellar space should be made for this sensual and engaging wine, and if prices follow their trend as in previous years, it could be one of the Right Bank's outstanding values. Drink 2020 - 2035.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

The medium garnet-purple colored 2016 Les Cruzelles gives up notes of raspberry preserves and chocolate-covered cherries with touches of unsmoked cigars and tilled soil. Medium-bodied and softly textured, the palate delivers loads of red and black fruits with a velvety texture and lively finish. 2020 - 2033

Score: 92Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018

Decadent and rich aromas of dark berries and chocolate with some meat, following through to a medium to full body, round and juicy tannins and a fine, flavorful finish. Drink now.

Score: 91James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

A very finely textured red with cherries, chocolate and berries. Medium body and fine tannins. A beauty.

Score: 91/92James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Les Cruzelles is every bit as captivating from bottle as it was from barrel. Dense, pliant and inviting, the 2016 has so much to offer. Black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice, new leather and lavender all run through this super-expressive, pliant Lalande de Pomerol from Denis Durantou. The 2016 offers a striking combination of fruit intensity and structure. I loved it. Drink 2021-2031.

Score: 93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 Lés Cruzelles is a more serious, structured wine than the Chenade. Beams of tannin give the wine its sense of energy and drive. Blue and purplish hued stone fruits, licorice, lavender, menthol and graphite are nicely delineated. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2016 will need a year or two in bottle to be at its best. I was not at all surprised when Denis Durantou told me he planned to give the 2016 an extra month or two in barrel. The wine will probably need all of that added time in barrel to fully come together.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

September and 6 October. More clay and 50% new oak.
Ripe and round with real racy structure. Lots of energy and a little more tannin than the Chenade. Good stuff! GV
Drink 2022-2030

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

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 far cheaper thanks to the unfashionable 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. Recent vintages have been stunning and there have been impressive results in recent blind tastings including the "Southwold Group". Along with Roc de Cambes, this is, in our view, the best wine produced in a "satelite appellation" of Bordeaux. Pricing policy is moderate. We absolutely love Les Cruzelles! 2200 cases produced in 2016. Spicy and smoky on the nose with bramble fruit giving a sweet and savoury, complex bouquet. The palate is powerful, ripe and intense with black fruits, smoky char and incense. The tannins are fine, ripe and silky like a fine, high-tier Pomerol and frame the fruit core perfectly. Spicy, exotice anise notes come through on the finish with hints of coffee and cocoa. Once again, a standout wine that is a must-buy for anyone interested in 2016 Bordeaux.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, February 2017

The nose is bright and fresh the start of the palate has red fruits and fresh black depth rich ripe fruit on the mid palate fleshy and supple. Fine tannins support but are not obvious the back palate has ripe damsons the finish lighter with bramble freshness. 2025-37

Score: 88/90Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Les Cruzelles is sourced from clay soils and tends to be more structured and backward than its stable mate, La Chenade. Firm and slightly gruff in its youth, but with lovely underlying fruit, subtle oak and the texture that it always a feature of Denis Durantou’s wines. 2022-30

Score: 92Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

Another success from Denis Durantou. How many times does this man need to prove that he can deliver in every vintage? His wines are just so utterly drinkable, that's the key to Durantou. This was a little tighter and more serious, then we changed samples to a younger one which is more expressive, and you feel the juice catching the tannins in that wonderful way where there are two tracks happening - the top frame of fruits and wet stones, and then the juice bubbling underneath, filling out the mid-palate. Love this. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc on gravel-clay soils yielding 40hl/ha, aged in 50% new oak. The Merlot was picked between 22nd and 29th September while the Cab Franc was picked on 6th October.

Score: 92Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

If La Chenade (q.v.) is the Red Maiden then Les Cruzelles is the Black Knight. The liquorice and black cherry notes here,
coupled with the delicious, lip-smacking acidity and plush mid-palate make this a drop dead gorgeous wine.

Score: 17.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2017

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