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From proprietor Denis Durantou, this excellent Castillon exhibits layers of black cherry and black raspberry fruit intertwined with notions of spring flowers, toast and lead pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, supple, round and generous, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years.
The Montlandrie was picked between 9th and 12 of October, a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new oak. The bouquet is more sedate and more reserved than the Les Cruzelles or La Chenade at this stage – you have to coax out the aromas more. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite supple tannins. The acidity is just about perfect and there is great poise on the grippy, saline finish. Fine. Tasted April 2013.
75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, on clay and limestone. Restrained on the nose with just a touch of cassis. Dark and dry on the palate, firm and savoury and not very giving but has a rather attractive severity. Firm, dry finish.
A medium-deep ruby in the glass, this is initially reticent and brooding, but with a little air wafts of blueberry, baked vanilla and morello cherry come throuhg. The palate is rich and dense for the vintage, with chewy tannins framing a black-fruited core. The smoky, toasty notes from oak add an exoticism and soften the structure. With air, this unfolds further and releases the forest fruits that subsume the tannins. Long and spicy on the finish, this is ready to drink with a 30 minute decant.
The new 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, 25% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 50% new oak. Super-plush and fleshy. Very good concentration here yet the palate is warm, supple, pure and beautifully rounded. This is full of summer fruits with a dollop of cream. Lovely balance. A mouthful of cherries with a long finish.
Solid, with a brambly spine driving the dark plum and raspberry fruit flavors along, while licorice snap and fruitcake notes fill in on the finish. Shows a judicious hint of roasted apple wood. Drink now through 2017. 2,500 cases made
The mix of black fruits on the nose are fresh an autumn hedgerow mix. Ripe black plum gives richness and depth on the mid palate the fruit supported by firm but ripe tannins. The layers of flavour give complexity with the sweetness of the fruit filling out the finish. 2016-26.
Denis Durantou says he works as hard on his lesser wines as he does on L'Eglise-Clinet, and it shows. This is a dense wine for the price, with plump, sweet fruit, a hint of firmness on the finish, scented oak and the concentration to age. If you can't afford L'Eglise-Clinet, this isn't a bad alternative. Drink: 2018-25