Durantou's 2017 Satellite Starlets

Today sees the 2017 en primeur release of the amazingly good value wines of the so-called “satellite appellations” from Denis Durantou of Chateau L’Eglise Clinet.

Though unreleased as of this moment, L’Eglise Clinet is one of the superstars of the 2017 vintage and is ranked by Neal Martin as one of the three best reds of 2017 along with Lafleur and Lafite.

However, this Pomerol legend’s junior siblings will offer the canny Bordeaux buyer some of the best value wines of the vintage with prices starting at under £11 per bottle!

These delicious right-bank wines receive consistently positive reviews from critics and have scores similar to wines that will be sold at considerably higher prices.

The pick of the bunch this year for value and quality is Montlandrie which receives the same Neal Martin score as L’Evangile – a wine that will no doubt sell at more than five times the price. At £175 per dozen, this looks to be one of the best value wines in 2017 with ratings from the critics at the same level as many well-known classed growths.

Saintayme receives a higher Neal Martin score than the 2016 vintage and has the same rating in 2017 as Alter Ego de Palmer which sells at £585. It will be hard for any 2017 Bordeaux to beat the price here of £130 per dozen 

La Chenade is rated 16.5 points by Julia Harding MW of JancisRobinson.com – the same score as Duhart Milon, Gazin and Pape Clement. These are wines that will sell at several times the price La Chenade's £145 per dozen.

Lastly, Les Cruzelles is rated 91 points by Jane Anson of Decanter.com – the same score as Certan de May and Gruaud Larose. In our view this is Lalande Pomerol’s finest wine and the price remains steady at £200 per dozen. 

Being en primeur, all these wines are available to buy in cases of magnums and double magnums.

So there you have it - four top quality right bank Bordeaux wines from Denis Durantou, made by one of the region’s best winemakers, at prices that will be hard to beat in this en primeur campaign!


Montlandrie


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Montlandrie (Denis Durantou) BT-130-18017591/92NM
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The 2017 Montlandrie was picked from 13 to 28 September. It boasts an utterly charming bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and just a hint of crushed violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, dark fruit but fresh and lively, very precise with a welcome dash of black pepper towards the graphite-tinged finish. Denis Durantou described this as one of his favorite wines of 2017 and I can understand why. 2021 - 2035.

91-92 Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018

The Merlot was picked here from September 20th to 26th and then the Cabernet Franc. There will be 43000 bottles, aged in 40% new oak. A medium-deep ruby colour with rich liquorice, black cherry and blackberry on the nose. The palate is concentrated and rich, with brambly fruits enveloped in chalky tannins. Lightly spicy and peppery, the densely packed fruit fleshes out on the finish, leaving notes of baked cherries and vanilla pod.

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Saintayme


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Saintayme BT180100-14013089/91NM
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The 2017 Saintayme was picked between 29 September and 9 October, matured in 30% new oak. It has a well defined, cranberry and blackberry scented nose, very natural and elegant, the oak neatly intertwined with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly rustic tannin, but very well balanced and surfeit with charm. You could almost run away and drink this already! But for now, we should wait until at least Denis Durantou has bottled it. Drink 2021-2032.h

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

Picked from 26th September to October 6th and to be aged in barrels that have seen one vintage at L'Eglise Clinet or Les Cruzelles. Ripe, plush and sweet on the nose with juicy black cherries and just a hint of spice. The palate is generous and round, with soft Merlot tannins gently framing lots of freshly picked forest fruits. Deliciously juicy and plump, this will drink well from an early age.

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La Chenade


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La Chenade BT200110-15014588/90NM
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The 2017 La Chenade comes from gravel soils in Lalande de Pomerol, picked 8 to 22 September for the Merlot and on 18 September for the Cabernet Franc, that is aged in used oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet, a little more black fruit than red, just a touch of black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin, a pinch of black pepper and spice, a little short but nicely balanced with a pretty, earthy finish. It is not the greatest La Chenade that I have tasted in recent years, yet given the frost damage it should be considered a success. Drink 2020-2028.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

In 2017 La Chenade was picked between the 14th and 22th September. Production is only 800 cases this year with elevage in barrels that have seen one previous vintage at L'Eglise Clinet. Deep ruby with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, and a touch of violet and vanilla. The palate is chalky from the fine-grained and ripe tannins, allowing the fruit to show through as a compact but juicy core. This plump, round texture is delicious already and the fresh acidity of the vintage lifts the more bramble-like fruits into notes of blossom that complement the light, savoury spices on the finish.

Farr Vintners, April 2018

Les Cruzelles


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Les Cruzelles BT240140-19020090/92NM
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The 2017 Lés Cruzelles comes from clay soils, the Merlot picked from 13 to 22 September, the Cabernet Franc on 22 September, matured in 40% new oak. I found that this has a little more cohesion and focus than the La Chenade at this early stage, blackberry mixed with raspberry and loamy scents, fresh and full of vim. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin. This is very nicely focused with crisp acidity, saline and persistent on the finish. Excellent – this is as good a Lalande de Pomerol as you will find in 2017. Drink 2021-2035.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

The 2017 vintage is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot was picked from the 13th to the 22nd September; the Cabernet Franc was picked on 22nd September . 17 600 bottles to be produced with elevage in 40% new oak. A deep ruby with spicy mulberry and plums on the nose. Mouthcoating ripe tannins line the palate, which shows some toasty barrel flavours before revealing a palate of juicy bramble fruits and cassis. Very moreish, with a savoury edge that feels almost saline on the mid palate, seasoning the riper notes of blackberry. The exotic smokiness from the oak is measured, refining the tannins and leaving a silky texture on the long finish.

Farr Vintners, April 2018