La Chenade 2009
Picked between 23rd until 28th September, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this has a slightly smudged nose that for me, just lacks the clarity and joie-de-vivre of the Saintayme. Touches of sloe and mulberry inflecting the fruit profile. The palate is full-bodied with rounded tannins, very plump with mulberry and black plum notes, a touch of dried herbs, forward and generous on the finish.
|Score: 86/88||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
Blackberry aromas and flavors, with a minerally, berry and lightly tannic palate. Fresh finish.
|Score: 87/90||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Black and red cherries on the nose are balanced with sweet spice and a touch of florality. The palate has good concentration, power and freshness. The black fruit profile is supported by notes of sweet vanilla, graphite, and creamy texture from the oak. Ripe but grippy tannin, crisp acidity bringing freshness. A lovely, balanced wine.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, June 2012|
Made by the brilliant Denis Durantou of Eglise Clinet. Most of this is sourced from the younger vines of the Les Cruzelles vineyard and the rest from small neighbouring growers. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Sweet red fruits here with excellent freshness and balance. Raspberries and red cherries on the palate, fine and pure. Denis Durantou has made another lovely La Chenade which will be enjoyable at an early age. A complete contrast in winemaking style from neighbour La Fleur de Bouard..
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, November 2009|
It feels rich with both nose and palate packed out with black plum and cherry. The mid tannins are quite firm and these combined with some red fruits lighten and brighten the finish. Drink 2016-2030.
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
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