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La Chenade 2020

SubregionLalande Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

This wine is produced by the Durantou family of Château L'Eglise Clinet in Pomerol. 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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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2020La ChenadeBT1 \ 012160.001291/93 NM1217.77777733333393.0091.00Chenade0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The 2020 La Chenade is clean and precise on the nose, offering a mixture of red and black fruit, plus hints of licorice and light minty scents loitering in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, veering more toward black fruit. An underlying salinity then encourages the saliva to flow on the finish. This is a beautiful Lalande de Pomerol – elegance personified. 2025 - 2038.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2021

This is very creamy and polished with attractive blackcurrant and bitter citrus character. Medium-bodied, polished and lovely.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2021

The 2020 La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, coming from vines planted to a sandy-gravel soil at the Durantous's Lalande de Pomerol estate. The Merlot was picked between the 9th and the 15th of September and the Cabernet Franc on the 16th of September. It has an alcohol of 14% and is aging in French oak barrels, 30% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes skipping out of the glass with exuberant scents of Morello cherries, boysenberries and crushed red and black plums, plus suggestions of underbrush, damp soil and menthol. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and nicely balanced, with soft acidity and tannins framing the earth-laced red and black fruits, finishing long and minerally. 2024 - 2038

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2021

The 2020 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and will be aged in 30% new oak. Less than 850 cases will be made. 14% abv. Deep ruby purple in the glass. The nose is chock full of blueberry and plum, with a cool mineral note underneath. The palate is rich and juicy in fruit that is gently framed by succulent and silky tannins. Complexity comes from a hint of savoury spice and toast. This spherical and forward wine is bursting with fruit and freshness. Another superb Chenade that will be approachable when young.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2021

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Fruit-driven, lively and juicy with a light tannic frame. Simple pleasure but falls away a bit at the end. (JL) 14%
Drink 2023 – 2028

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2021

(80% M, 20% CF; 40hl/ha; 14% ABV; 30% new)
Densely but freshly ripe nose, with a touch of gravel there; rich, fresh, and fleshy wine, with a very nicely contained tannin; ripe, plush, satisfying, gently and flatteringly rich, with a beautiful defining freshness and with lovely length. Beautifully made, a great success, and likely to be exceptionally good value. 2024–34+.

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, May 2021
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