Les Cruzelles 2019

SubregionLalande Pomerol

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. Following the terrible news in May 2020, this will be the last vintage made by the brilliant, late Denis Durantou who purchased the Château in 2000. Fruit from the younger vines is relegated to his La Chenade label. Often better than many Pomerols and Saint Emilions that we taste, yet far cheaper - thanks to the unfashionable appellation. 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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Bordeaux2019Les Cruzelles BT500195.001291/93 NMAdd to Basket
Bordeaux2019Les Cruzelles MG40210.00691/93 NMAdd to Basket
Bordeaux2019Les Cruzelles DM-3100.00bt91/93 NMAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Les Cruzelles, the late Denis Durantou's Lalande-de-Pomerol estate, was picked between 18 and 28 September and matured in 30% new oak. It has a very really gorgeous bouquet with disarmingly pure blackberry and blueberry fruit. The oak is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with dark berry fruit mixed with dried orange peel and a pinch of sea salt. This has so much character and personality, the salinity on the finish lingers wonderfully. 2023 - 2033

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

This wine is produced by Denis Darantou and family of Château L’Eglise-Clinet. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Les Cruzelles (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) opens with powerful black fruit scents of ripe blackberries, black cherries and mulberries with underlying floral notions of lilacs and wilted roses and hints of dark chocolate, fertile loam and mossy tree bark. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of expressive, crunchy black fruits, framed by chunky tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a peppery kick.

Score: 90/92Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020

This is smoky, spicy and meaty with blueberry character. It’s medium-bodied with a chewy texture and a tight, pronounced finish. Serious.

Score: 92/93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

The 2019 is a blend of 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, and is aged in 40% new French oak (exclusively Darnajou barrels, which are the lighter, less toasty barrels of the two used at Eglise Clinet). 14.5% abv, with a total production of 2,200 cases. Deep ruby in colour with just a hint of flinty reduction at this stage, the nose is still extremely powerful with finely etched blueberry, sweet plum and juicy red cherries. The palate has great depth but a disarmingly glossy and refined texture from the tannins. This gives a plump and seamless mouthfeel that allows the dense core of fruit to drive the palate forward, freshened by waves of bright acidity. The spice from oak is present but superbly integrated, offering accents of sweet vanilla and toasted savoury spices. The finish is long, pure and harmonious, confirming once again that this a real star buy in 2019.

Score: 17+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

For me this stands out above La Chenade, in the yin and yang of these two terroirs. Has more signature of the Pomerol side of Lalande, with rich coffee-tinged blackberry fruits, still with beautiful control and lift. Silky, elegant, concentrated. This is a wine that stands as a tribute to the brilliance of Denis Durantou in these smaller appellations, and is one that you will drink with emotion. Drinking Window 2023 - 2036

Score: 93Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc; 40% new oak. Barrel sample.
More depth and intensity than sister La Chenade. Lovely, pure, almost burgundian red-fruit aromatics with cherry, raspberry notes. Palate bright and vivacious with delicious fruit and an additional floral note. Finely honed tannins, the wine overall gently poised and balanced. Should be GV. (JL) 14.5%
Drink 2024 – 2034

Score: 16.5James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020

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