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Montlandrie 2014

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Montlandrie, the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux from Denis Durantou, is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (yes, different to the percentages stated during primeur—happy to correct it now!). It offers attractive red cherry, wild strawberry and pastille-like scents on the pure bouquet, though maybe I discern a little more complexity on Denis' two Lalande-de-Pomerols, La Chenade and Les Cruzelles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This feels a little compact at the moment (possibly because of the low pressure system on the day that I tasted?), although there is still commendable depth of fruit and a gentle grip on the persistent finish. I would just give this a couple more years in bottle. Drink Date 2019-2029

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

I love the aromas of blackberries and chocolate with flowers. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Gorgeous red. Drink or hold.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

Very dark. Very sumptuous and likely to be VGV. Explosive and very vibrant. Drink 2018 - 2025.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015

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, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% of a new clone of Cabernet Sauvignon that Denis planted in 2009. Aged in 50% new oak.. Always modestly priced, this is a wine that gives brilliant value for money. The Merlot was picked from the 1st October until the 9th October - with the Cabernets also picked on the 9th. Deep ruby. Floral and ripe with blue and black fruits on the nose. Very perfumed. Big and robust on the palate with plenty of structure and ripe tannin that is mouthfilling but ripe and balanced by a ripe core of plum and black cherry. This is full bodied with a real denisty and power, and will need a few years before being ready in bottle.

Farr Vintners, March 2015

Ripe and forward, with a bold core of anise and cassis flavors that is carried by a well-embedded graphite spine. Shows toasted spice and anise hints on the finish but retains a racy feel. Drink now through 2024. 3,467 cases made.

James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

Spring violets the nose is very fragrant and the palate is light fresh with red fruits. There is mid depth sweetness and richness but at the back the fresh fruits are to the fore the finish light with a bramble bilberry mix. 2019-28

Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Denis Durantou is rightly excited about the quality of this wine in 2014 because it's superb (and great value). Chalky, mineral and fresh, with hints of Asian spices, toasty oak and plump black fruits underpinned by a sappy, almost saline brightness. Hard to believe it's only a Castillon.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, May 2015
Decanter Magazine, April 2015
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The Château Montlandrie 2014, Denis Durantou’s Côtes de Castillon vineyard, is a blend of 90% Merlot picked September 24-29 and 10% Cabernet Franc picked October 23-24. Matured in 50% new oak, it has a generous bouquet that takes its time to get going in the glass, eventually revealing blackberry and briary scents. The palate is medium-bodied with just the right amount of fleshiness here to balance the chalky tannins; mulberry and white pepper vivifying the finish. This is a subtle Montlandrie, one imbued with Durantous’s art. Drink: 2016 - 2024

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

A wine with blueberry and currant character. Full body, chewy tannins and a bright finish.TIght and chewy.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015
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