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The Côtes de Castillon vineyard was very much a "labour of love" of famous Pomerol winemaker Denis Durantou of Eglise Clinet. His first vintage here was 2009. Sadly, the 2019 was the last vintage harvested by Denis (and the best) but the rise and rise of Montlandrie continues under the care of his daughters and wine-maker Olivier Gautrat. 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. Always modestly priced, this is a wine that gives brilliant value for money and is a star of this emerging appellation.
A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 Montlandrie exhibits aromas of rich berries and cherries mingled with loamy soil, spices and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, lively and incisive, it's nicely concentrated, with fine depth at the core and a bright, saline finish. Its Côtes de Castillon origins mark this out as the most tensile, mineral wine in the Durantou portfolio.
The 2021 Montlandrie, the Durantou family's Lalande de Pomerol, was picked between 30 September and 8 October, matured in 50% new oak. A mélange of red and black fruit on the nose, light liquorice and freshly-rolled tobacco scents surface with just a few swirls. The palate is well structured and focused, fresh and displays well-integrated oak, though perhaps Les Cruzelles as a little more panache at this early stage.
The 2021 is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Picked betewen 30th September and 8th October, there will be roughly 3,500 cases made at 14% abv, raised in 50% new French oak. Deep ruby in colour. Full of ripe red fruit, iron and bonfired smoke on the nose. The palate is fine and fruit forward, with a lighter touch than in recent vintages. It is still intense, but the tannins have been further refined, to make a more athletic profile for this wine. Bright berry fruit and cherry blossom linger together with hints of graphite and iron. Powdery tannins linger together with the fruit on the finish, but this should drink well from a fairly early stage.
Perfumed and vibrant already, with a ripe, textured and creamy tannin frame. Pretty blue and purple fruit. Juicy finish. Salty. 75% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon.
The 2021 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aging in 50% new oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it rolls out with ready-to-go scents of warm red and black plums, black raspberries, and clove oil, plus nuances of cracked black pepper and unsmoked cigars. Medium-bodied, the palate shimmers with intensity, supported by grainy tannins and a well-knit backbone of acidity, finishing long and earthy.
Kicks off with the knife-edge austerity of limestone, with a delicate frame and oyster shell salinity, opening to peony floral aromatics and gentle raspberry fruits. Tight overall in its construction, needs to soften over ageing. 50% new oak, harvest September 30 to October 7.
75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample.
Plenty of chalky lift, the acidity present but matched by fruit and tannins. Wild terroir note just about tamed. Lively finish. Will need a little patience and to be matched with food. (JL) 14%
Drink 2027 – 2033