Denis Durantou's Cotes de Castillon is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (the latter from first pick from vines planted in 2009) harvested between 5 and 9 October. Here we are in red fruit territory on the nose, with crushed strawberry and redcurrant scents interlaced beautifully with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet ripe tannins. It does not quite have the complexity or nuance as the Les Cruzelles, although there is good body and weight towards the finish. Fine.
75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich cherry on the nose, lovely purity and sweetness. Simple and light on the palate, with just enough tannin to give a bit of grip on the finish. Rounded, smooth, approachable. (RH)
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.