La Chenade 2014
More often than not the very best value wines in Bordeaux are from the magical ‘satellite’ estates owned and managed by Denis Durantou, all-round winemaking genius and owner of the Pomerol legend L’Eglise Clinet.
Denis has proven himself once again to be the master both in vineyard and winery: he always knows exactly when to pick, and he is the king of tannin management – his wines always boast the perfect balance of structure and finesse, generosity and ageability. As Neal Martin puts it: ‘Given the market prices for this Lalande-de-Pomerol, Denis Durantou's 2014 comes highly recommended.’
Denis also boasts vines in Lalande de Pomerol, produicing two wines: Les Cruzelles and La Chenade. La Chenade is surprisingly Burgundian in style, with really pretty, spiced fruit – perfect to drink from now for the next ten years.
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Tasting Notes and Scores
The 2014 La Chenade, a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, has a straightforward but appealing bouquet with ample dark cherries, bergamot tea and a touch of dried flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with a tightly-knit structure. I appreciate the depth here, the focus and finesse, a wine that threatened to blossom in bottle... and it has. Given the market prices for this Lalande-de-Pomerol, Denis Durantou's 2014 comes highly recommended.