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La Chenade 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Lalande 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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Tasting Notes

The 2021 La Chenade, from vineyards in Lalande de Pomerol that were saved from the frost, offers up rich aromas of berries and plums mingled with loamy soil and spices. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and seamless, it's built around powdery tannins and lively acids.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

Rich plum colour and core of fruit, light tannins. Soft and supple, and winemaker Noëmie Durantou has done skilful work over ageing to make the structure fully integrated and charming. 30% new oak, sandy gravel soils. First time for La Chenade to be 100% Merlot, keeping the Cabernet Franc for Les Cruzelles.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2023

The 2021 La Chenade, a 100% Merlot, evokes a fresh, fruity bouquet with aromas of flowers, dark wild berries, raspberry and violet, followed by a moderately weighted palate, a juicy, gourmand and round texture with velvety tannins and a fresh, penetrating finish. In the context of the vintage, this is worth hunting down. Drink Date: 2024 - 2034

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate, February 2024

The 2021 is 100% Merlot as the Cabernet Franc went entirely into Les Cruzelles this year. Harvested between 24th September and 1st October, less than 1,700 cases will be produced at 13.5% abv, with 30% matured in new French oak. Bright ruby colour. Super fragrant on the nose with cherry blossom and fresh plums. There are hints of spice that are both subtle and well integrated into the fruit. The palate has an airy intensity of fruit and gentle, pithy tannins which lightly frame it. This is an elegant, rounded Chenade with real energy and fragrance. It will offer superb drinking from a fairly young age and remains excellent value for money. Fans of the Durantou wines will not be disappointed.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

A medium-bodied, ripe and textured Lalande with creamy, fleshy tannins. Succulent core of ripe plum fruit, chocolate and some orange and peppermint. Fragrant and plush. 100% merlot.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

The 2021 La Chenade is 100% Merlot, aging in 30% new oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it barrels out with bold notes of juicy black plums, kirsch, and fresh blackberries, plus wafts of charcoal, black olives, and lavender. Medium-bodied, the palate is plush and juicy with fantastic tension and a minerally finish.

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

100% Merlot. Cask sample.
Meaty and savoury with a touch of hedgerow fruit. Some leafiness on the palate, otherwise supple, succulent and round. Slight bitter edge and sandy tannins on the finish. (JL) 13.5%
Drink 2024 – 2032

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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The precision that you find so often in the Durantou family estates is fully on display here, with carefully placed redcurrant and raspberry fruit and gentle waves of campfire smoke. A little soft through the mid palate, but all in balance. No frost or mildew, giving yields of 45hl/h. Sandy gravel soils, harvest September 23 to October 1. Noémie Durantou winemaker.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022
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