2014 Lalande de Pomerol
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
|Village||Lalande de Pomerol|
20% Cabernet Franc, 80% Merlot. Short gentle extraction here by Denis Durantou results in a lovely layered wine, a bright, lifted core of gentle purple fruit and violets. Such a super texture. Great drinking. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2015)
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Sweet and gamey on the nose. Then quite a bit of acidity on the palate but enough forward fruit to charm. What’s not to like ??!! GV Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2017)
The 2014 La Chenade, Denis Durantou's entry-level wine from Lalande de Pomerol, is quite silky and expressive, with plenty of nuance to match its mid-weight, succulent personality. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and spice are laced into the inviting, pretty finish. There is plenty to like here. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 87-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2015)
The La Chenade 2014 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from gravel soils, picked September 24-29 and October 17-21, respectively. Matured in 30% new oak, it has a slightly simpler bouquet compared to Denis Durantou’s Saintayme, but still very pure with blackberry and hints of undergrowth, a light marine influence coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with veins of dark chocolate on the entry, the oak probably needing a little more time to fully integrate than the Saintayme. It segues into a spicy and slightly austere finish that should gain more flesh during its élevage. Drinking range: 2016 - 2022 Rating: 88 - 90+ Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2015)
Reflecting the sandier soils on which it is grown, La Chenade is often the lightest and most "feminine" wine in Denis Durantou's portfolio. This is very scented indeed, with refreshing acidity framing raspberry and wild strawberry fruit. The 30% new oak adds a sheen of vanilla spice. Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2015)
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