Ch Montlandrie was bought and introduced to the market by Dénis Durantou of Eglise Clinet in 2009. St Emilion in style, this is produced from 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. On the palate the Merlot shines through with its plump blueberry and polish. Super velvety this finishes on chocolate notes.
From Chateau l’Eglise Clinet’s proprietor, Denis Durantou, this big time sleeper of the vintage may be even better than the 2009 Montlandrie. The dark ruby/purple-colored 2011 appears to have hit every sweet spot on the palate, offering lots of plum, black currant, incense and floral notes. With a velvety palate, attractive opulence and terrific fruit intensity (but no hard edges), this is a hedonistic as well as intellectually pleasing wine that sells for a song. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. Drink 2012-2018
75% Merlot (harvested 20-23 September), 25% Cabernet Franc (24-26 September), 50% new oak. Deep inky black cherry. Purple rim. Again that red fruit on the nose but also a light graphite edge. Cool and juicy and less dry than the Amélisse though the tannins are there and there's some oak in evidence. Drink 2016-2021
Lots of bouncy acidity here, with a nice range of blue and black fruits and and mouthwatering pain d'épices note on the toasted finish.
The wine shows a lovely berry and cherry character. Medium body with fine tannins. Good length 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.
From the Denis Durantou (l'Eglise-Clinet) stable. Firm, forceful and structured in style. Hint of Saint-Emilion from St-Christophe-des-Bardes. Good value. Drink 2015-2022. (3 stars).
Denis Durantou, the man behind the exceptional wines and reputation of Ch ‘Eglise Clinet in Pomerol, has branched out and is also responsible for Montlandrie, Cruzelles and La Chenade in the surrounding areas. He balances a belief in tradition and hard work with an openness to innovation, ensuring his wines are always of the highest quality.
When the Romans first planted a few vines on the limestone outcrops of St Emilion in the early years of the first century, and tasted what was, by all accounts, rather thin, bitter wine, they can hardly have imagined that the region's greatest red wines would become the most sought afterfine wines in the world. From the days in the seventeenth century when the then owners of Ch Haut Brion, the de Pontac family, became the first to export to the UK, selling their wine in their own tavern, the Pontac's Head, red Bordeaux or claret has been the Englishman's favourite. The wines of the 1855 Classification are merely the tip of the iceberg. Bordeaux AC accounts for about half of all wine produced in the area, from vineyards outside the regional or communal appelations and often blended by the negociant houses. Simpler beasts these although still clearly related to their more illustrious cousins - relatively light and fresh, full of fruit, with soft tannins making for delicious, and good value, early drinking.