The Côtes de Castillon vineyard of famous Pomerol winemaker Denis Durantou of L'Eglise Clinet (first vintage was 2009). This 11 hectare vineyard has 25 year old vines - 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% of a new clone of Cabernet Sauvignon that Denis planted in 2009. Always modestly priced, this is a wine that gives brilliant value for money. Aged in 60% new oak, with 3400 cases made in 2016. Plums and black cherries on the nose with a hint of cocoa. Mouthcoating, ripe and supple tannins reveal plush sweetness through the mid-palate with classic red and black fruits, chocolate and vanilla. Juicy, ripe and plush - another fantastic with from Denis.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, February 2017|
The 2016 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 3-17 October. It was picked at 40 hectoliters per hectare and raised in 60% new oak (although my sample was from a one-year-old barrel). It is the first vintage to include more than 80% of the vines that were planted by Denis Durantou after 2008. This has a more broody bouquet than the two Lalande-de-Pomerols, just a touch of leafiness originating from the Cabernet Sauvignon that enhances the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine structure, more saline than the Les Cruzelles, backward at the moment, but the Cabernets impart some lovely graphite notes on the saline finish. Superb. Expect this to land towards the top of my banded score once in bottle. Drink 2021 - 2036.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Very fine and polished with pretty tannins, balance and fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh and clean. All about clarity.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Montlandrie is powerful and bold to its core. Layers of dense, dark fruit, chocolate, lavender spice and sweet oak saturate the palate. Dense and voluptuous, this racy wine from Denis Durantou is packed and ready to deliver maximum pleasure upon release. Tasted two times.
|Score: 88/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Firm on the nose the palate has black cherry and red fruits at the start with rich ripe fruit in the middle. Chocolate richness rounded tannins there is a supple fleshiness and although fresher at the back it finishes with depth of flavour rich fruit. 2022-30
|Score: 90/92||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Generally the most tannic of Denis Duranotu’s impressive range, this is the one where he says “thanks” to Cabernet Sauvignon for providing extra backbone and tannin. Dark fruits, some orange zest and considerable underlying structure make this a wine that will reward patience. 2025-32
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
Very deep crimson. Intense nose. Sweet start and very dramatic. This should be worth looking out for over the next few vintages. Real improvement this year!
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
The classic Durantou Castillon. The aromatics are jumping right out of the glass, and gentle cappuccino curls round out the tight blackberry fruits. I love it, it's so elegant yet full of flavour. 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon yielding 40hl/ha from 9ha, picked between 3rd and 17th October. Aged in 60% new oak.
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|
Montlandrie parades some serious graphite notes and fine-grained tannins which make it rather hard for the fruit to be
heard. With a dark hue and a closed palate, this is a wine which requires thought. The strong bass note of fruit gives it a
more introspective demeanour, making this the sleeper of the Durantou family. 17++
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2017|