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La Chenade 2019

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Lalande Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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.

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Tasting Notes

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.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2022

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.

William Kelley, RobertParker.com (April 2022), April 2022

The 2019 La Chenade retains its exuberant nose of ripe black plum and kirsch scents, though on this showing, perhaps the Saintayme has a little more delineation now that both wines are in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied and shows more delineation and precision than the aromatics at the moment, offering dark berry fruit, white pepper and a touch of graphite, and turning quite spicy toward the finish. The nose does cohere in the glass, though, so afford this a year or two in bottle. Drink 2024 -2038.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2022

Deep ruby in the glass, this wine has opened up beautifully over the last two years in bottle. Bursting with sweet plummy fruit, hints of wood spice and sweet cherry blossom, it has a very enticing aroma. The palate is immediately plush and powerful, slick forest fruits layered with sweet floral tones. Plush yet well-defined, this moreish, joyous Chenade is a great success in 2019. Capturing the ripe energy of the vintage perfectly, it is delicious to drink now, and will continue to do so over the coming decade.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, July 2023

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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Grilled almond, sweet raspberry and red cherry fruit, fresh acidities, easy to love. Touch of gunsmoke reduction. Harvest September 18 to 26. 30% oak.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, January 2022

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.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2023

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.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

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.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, April 2022

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

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020
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The 2019 La Chenade in Lalande-de-Pomerol was picked between 18 and 26 September and matured in 30% new oak. Unlike Durantou's fellow Lalande-de-Pomerol, this is predominantly red fruit rather than black with exuberant raspberry and cranberry, almost pastille-like. The palate is extremely well balanced, maybe with a bit more structure and weight than Les Cruzelles. The finish is spicy thanks to a liberal dash of cracked black pepper. Wonderful, as usual. 2023 - 2038.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

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.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, October 2021

Plenty of sweet berries with chocolate and smoke. Even coffee. It’s medium-bodied with ripe tannins. Cherries at the end.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020
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