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Following the extremely sad news in May 2020, the 2019 will be the last vintage made by the brilliant, late Denis Durantou of Chateau L'Eglise Clinet. The fruit is sourced from a section of the Les Cruzelles vineyard with gravel soil and younger vines. 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.
Plenty of dried fruit with some figs and berries. Coffee and smoke, too. Opens to flowers and pure fruit. Full-bodied and round-textured with a juicy, yummy finish. Drink after 2024.
The 2019 La Chenade is a lovely Lalande-de-Pomerol from the Darantou family, bursting with aromas of plummy fruit, wild berries, rose petals, smoke and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, ample and enveloping, with supple tannins, succulent acids and a nicely defined finish, this charming wine represents one of the great values of right bank Bordeaux. - drink 2021-2039
Deep ruby colour. Still quite tight on the nose, it will benefit from air - and more time in bottle. Unfurling with notes of briary fruit and toasty oak, there is both plump richness and freshness here. The palate is round, silky and generous in red fruit. Juicy and moreish, with layersof spice adding complexity without dominating that core. This perfectly harnesses the vintage's inherint interplay of ripeness and freshness. Long finish.
The 2019 La Chenade is made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, aged in 30% new oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with broody notes of tar and damp soil over a core of baked plums, boysenberries, and Sichuan pepper, plus a touch of licorice. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with earth-laced black fruits, supported by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering anise note.
Grilled almond, sweet raspberry and red cherry fruit, fresh acidities, easy to love. Touch of gunsmoke reduction. Harvest September 18 to 26. 30% oak.
Tasted blind. Dark crimson with some evolution at the rim. Smells like a left-bank red! Very Cabernet and quite elegant. Just not gawky – it does have enough fruit. 14%
Drink 2025– 2038
The 2019 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, raised in 30% new French oak (exclusively Taransaud, which are the richer, spicier barrels of the two used at Eglise Clinet). There will be 1500 cases produced. A rich ruby colour with plump cherry fruits and a hint of blueberry on the nose. The palate is glossy and ripe, exuding sweet red fruits and toasted spices as the fine tannins gently support and freshen the wine. There is good bite from acidity that lifts the palate, turning juicy cherries into cherry blossom on a long and juicy finish.
From the talented Denis Durantou, the 2019 Château La Chenade has a great bouquet of spiced red and black fruits, sappy flowers, sandalwood, and foresty, slightly herbal notes. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, yet rich Lalande de Pomerol that has beautiful tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's beautifully done and should be snatched up by readers. It can be drunk today or cellared for 15 years.
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc; 30% new oak. Barrel sample.
Round, forward and clearly for early drinking. Meaty, savoury edge to the fruit but aromatic freshness as well. Palate juicy with light but fine tannins. No great complexity but plenty of simple pleasure. (JL) 14%
Drink 2022 – 2028
Plenty of sweet berries with chocolate and smoke. Even coffee. It’s medium-bodied with ripe tannins. Cherries at the end.
Produced by Denis Darantou and family of Château L’Eglise-Clinet, this is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 La Chenade has a little reduction to begin, soon breaking through to reveal notes of raspberry pie, baked plums and boysenberries with hints of dusty soil, charcoal and wild sage. Medium-bodied, the palate is juicy and refreshing, with a light chewiness to the tannins and bags of freshness, finishing savory.