La Chenade 2010
The La Chenade, Denis Durantou's wine from Lalande de Pomerol, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc raised in 30% new oak. This nose is tightly coiled, not as immediate as the Saintayme tasted alongside, but gradually finds its "groove" to offer notes of fresh cranberry, wild strawberry and just a mote of wet sand. The palate is medium-bodied with lovely balance and poise. There is real minerality to this wine, great tension and an exuberant, complex, fresh finish that will leave a smile on your face. Outstanding in barrel, equally so in bottle. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
Bright fruit with plum and chocolate with violets and berries. Full and bright with firm tannins. Intense. Wild fruit.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2011|
Made by the brilliant Denis Durantou of Chateau L'Eglise Clinet. Most of the fruit is sourced from a section of the Les Cruzelles vineyard with gravel soil. There are no longer any bought-in grapes used. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 30% new oak. A consistent, reliable wine, always well made and always great value for money. Floral nose. Absolutely delicious! This has to be the best La Chenade ever! Lovely plum and prune flavours, but freshness and acidity in balance. This should be sensational value for money. We loved it!
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
The nose is a bit closed but at the back there is sweet fruit with a mix of black cherry and fresher red cherry. The fruit on the palate is sweet fleshing it out and filling out the finish.
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 90||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|
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