The 2018 Montlandrie, the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux from Denis Durantou, was picked October 1-5, the Cabernet on October 8, and matured in 40% new oak. This has a limpid color in the glass. It is clean and precise on the tightly wound nose, veins of blood orange infusing the black currant and raspberry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with mainly black fruit, grippy tannins and a citric edge. There is just a touch of new oak to be assimilated on the finish; otherwise this is a very fine Castillon. 2023 - 2040
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
Produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet, the 2018 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with 14.5% alcohol and is currently aging in 40% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, it features fragrant notes of lilacs, Morello cherries and blueberry compote over a core of plum preserves and woodsmoke plus a waft of underbrush. The medium to full-bodied palate is richly fruited with black and blue fruits, lifted by earthy accents and lovely freshness, finishing long and velvety textured.
|Score: 92/94||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This shows a really beautiful core of ripe fruit with dark chocolate and blueberries. Full body and firm, chewy tannins. Flavorful finish.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
A sleeper in 2018, Montlandrie is powerful, racy and super-expressive. Succulent red cherry, raspberry, mocha, licorice and rose petals all run through this racy, polished Côtes de Castillon from Denis Durantou. Sweet floral notes add brightness in the glass. The tannins just need time to soften. Tasted two times.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019|
Darkest cherry red. Spicy black fruit with a mineral note of lead pencils. Power-packed with tannins but finer on the finish than the Chenade. Really chewy and compact but has freshness as well. Hard work now. 14.5%
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Deep ruby in colour, with pure cherries and plums, fresh white pepper and subtle toasty oak on the nose. The palate is supple and sweet, with fleshy, juicy fruit at the core and polished but grippy tannins providing the structure. Waves of crisp acidity add great freshness and lift, taming the more exotic edge to the fruit. The finish is long and spicy, with a wonderful savoury edge that adds real intrigue.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
Impressive notes of cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, and floral characteristics all dominate the 2018 Château Montlandrie, which is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon being brought up in 40% new barrels. It's balanced and has classic limestone influenced minerality and structure followed by a beautiful finish. This terrific Castillon is well worth seeking out, and I suspect it will evolve nicely for 10-15 years.
|Score: 91/93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(75 Merlot, 20 Cabernet Franc, 5 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 40% new oak | 14.5% alc | 55500 bottles were produced | The Merlot was picked between the 1st and 5th October and the Cabernet Franc was picked on the 8th October The tannins are incredibly commanding here, but if you can see past them the fruit is insanely beautiful and dramatic. With amazing complexity and layers and layers of red fruit, this is a luxurious wine with staggering grip and it will repay only the most patient of collectors.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|