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Les Cruzelles 2015

SubregionLalande Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Les Cruzelles has a fragrant, pure and winsome bouquet with joyful dark cherry and crushed strawberry aromas. It has clearly lost the bashfulness it showed in barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well balanced with succulent, brambly red fruit mixed with truffle and a hint of black olive. This has really blossomed in barrel and frankly, it shows up a lot of Pomerol crus this vintage. Factor in the price that this was released en primeur and if you do not have a case in your cellar, well, too bad! Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2030.

Neal Martin, March 2018

The 2015 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc on gravel/clayey soil, picked from September 15-22 and October 6 respectively, then matured in 45% new oak. The new wood is seamlessly integrated into this Lalande-de-Pomerol, more broody and introspective than the La Chenade at the moment, but very well defined. The palate is beautifully proportioned with crisp tannin, a fine line of acidity, somehow gentle and understated on the finish, but very long in the mouth. Yet another ridiculously fine wine to load up on, courtesy of Denis Durantou. Drink 2018-2035

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

This is so on it with velvety tannins and rich fruit. So much fun to taste. Generous and exotic.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

Les Cruzelles, Denis Durantou's Lalande de Pomerol, is once again impressive in 2015. There is notable volume and unctuousness to the super-ripe red cherry, espresso and mocha flavors. The 2015 needs another year or two to come together, but it is super-impressive. Les Cruzelles is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from gravelly soils. The 2015 spent one year in French oak, 45% new. 2019 - 2030

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018

The 2015 Lés Cruzelles is terrific. Bright, focused and also generous in the glass, the 2015 balances aromatic intensity with textural richness. Dark red cherry, violet, lavender, mint and wild flowers are all beautifully delineated throughout. There is a sense of energy here that is impossible to miss, while the finish is equally memorable. Lés Cruzelles is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc planted on gravel/clay soils. Harvest took place between September 15 and October 6.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016
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Tasted blind. Intrigue and spice on the nose. Clean and fresh. Pretty drying on the end but promising, even if pretty youthful. Sandpaper finish.
Drink 2025-2037

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Crimson. Scented and compact nose. Savoury and supple. Very fine for a Lalande-de-Pomerol. Maybe flattering because it went into barrel before Chenade.
Drink 2020-2026

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

With a deep ruby colour in the glass, there is ripe, succulent red cherry, red plum, a light smokiness and exotic cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose here. The palate has a wonderful, dense and explosive core of red fruits - cherries and plums abound in both hedgerow and bramble flavours. The oak is integrating nicely, leaving notes of creamy vanilla and clove that complement the fruit. The intensity builds through to the finish, with the fruit wrapped in chalky, ripe tannins that are now resolving nicely. Now drinking superbly well and confirms our initial thought that this would be an outstanding Cruzelles. Drink now, or over the next 10+ years.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, November 2020

This 11 hectare property in Lalande de Pomerol is situated 1 km from the famous plateau of Pomerol, and is visible from the back door of Eglise Clinet. The Château was purchased in 2000 by Denis Durantou who ages the crop in 50% new oak and relegates fruit from the younger vines to his La Chenade label. Often better than many Pomerols and Saint Emilions that we taste, yet far cheaper thanks to the unfashionable appellation. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are selected from the best terroirs of the vineyard - clay soils similar to those on the plateau of Pomerol. A wine that always reminds us of a top Pomerol. Recent vintages have been stunning. Along with Roc de Cambes, this is, in our view, the best wine produced in a "satelite appellation" of Bordeaux. Pricing policy is moderate. We absolutely love Les Cruzelles and the 2015 is no exception! Deep purple in colour with an exotic blackberry, clove and cinnamon nose. The smoky oak has a charcoal quality that emphasises the ripe cassis and fig notes on the palate. Creamy, plush and plump with black fruits and menthol, the intensity builds to a generous and ripe finish. The tannins are silky and approachable, framing the sweet vanilla from the new oak, another superb effort from Denis with this Cruzelles.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

Another release from Denis Durantou, the 2015 Château Les Cruzelles comes from the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged in 45% new French oak. It offers a gorgeous bouquet of black cherries, red currants, spring flowers and smoked herbs, with a touch of background oak. With almost a hint of blue fruits, a terrific floral undercurrent, good acidity, and sweet tannin, it’s just another beautiful wine from Durantou that’s well worth seeking out. It will keep for a decade or more. 2018 - 2028

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Brooding black fruits the nose has depth richness and the palate fleshy black plum. The tannins are fine supporting but not obvious the back palate has richness and ripe fruit the finish though lighter and bright. 2021-32

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Grown on a mixture of gravel and clay soils, this is often one of the bargains of the vintage.
This is leafy, floral and complex with plummy plushness, fine tannins and deftly integrated
oak. Very easy to drink. Drink: 2020-28

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

I've loved this wine since the first time I tasted it En Primeur, and at six years old it's at the perfect moment to drink. Juicy bueberry and raspberry fruits, a trace of lemongrass and crushed stone minerality, a great choice to bring out on an easy evening with friends and feel sure that it will be a hit. 45% new oak.

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Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, October 2021

A little more red-fruited than its stablemate La Chenade and also longer and drier on the finish, this is an attenuated
wine with firm tannins. The volume and subtlety in the delivery of the fruit will be more than enough to keep these
tannins at bay until the wine is ready to drink, which will not be for at least five years. Impressive and fascinating.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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