Deep ruby in the glass, with lifted aromas of violets, cherry blossom and blueberry. The palate is bursting with juicy red and black fruits, and framed by grippy, ripe tannins. This is sumptuous, exotic and rounded, with great intensity for a wine at this price, offering waves of sweet spice and summer fruits. This is one of the value picks of the vintage.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
This is produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet. The vineyard is in Lalande de Pomerol on gravel-based sandy soils. The 2018 La Chenade is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc with 30% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is slightly reticent and broody, offering notes of tar, chargrill and damp soil to begin, giving way to a core of fresh plums, black cherries and kirsch plus touches of bay leaves and iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and juicy with plenty of bright black fruit and a plush texture, finishing long and refreshing.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is really delicious and fresh with lovely dark berries and purity at the same time. Medium body, fine tannins and a lovely finish.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc; 30% new oak. Barrel sample.
Ripe, sweet black fruit. A little bit jammy in fruit style and then thick with tannin on the palate. Chewy and so dense but with bags of fruit. Needs time but I’m not sure it will age that long because the fruit is pretty ripe. (JH) 14%
|Score: 15.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from gravelly soils, the 2018 La Chenade comes from the team of Denis Durantou and is still aging in 30% new barrels. It offers a rich yet savory style in its black raspberries, dried cherries, leafy herbs, and chocolate-laced aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, medium-bodied, and silky, this is another remarkable wine in the vintage that’s well worth seeking out.
|Score: 90/92||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(80 Merlot, 20 Cabernet Franc) | 30% new oak | 14% alc | 12000 bottles were produced | Picked between 17th and 25th September and the Cabernet Franc was picked on 25th September Thrilling balance and great density of fruit mark this as a wine with huge potential and the oak is certainly present, but it is the skin tannins which bring the palate together. Imposing and indulgent this is a mighty wine and there is a superb red-fruited theme in the background which will emerge in time.
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|