One of the clutch of right bank estates owned by winemaker-extraordinaire, Denis Durantou, of Eglise-Clinet. Ch Montlandrie is located just east of St Emilion, and has been a property to watch since Denis first released the 2009. The 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and is a testament to the quality possible in St Emilion’s satellite appellations. An opulent dark fruit nose with freshly cracked black pepper spice. Medium bodied, with rich dark fruits and svelte tannins and a long black tea savour on the finish.
Dense purple colour, vibrant summer fruit aromas of tayberries and loganberries. A very giving style, with lots of substance, supported by appealing grainy tannins and gentle acidity, giving the wine lift and drive.
The Château Montlandrie 2014, Denis Durantou’s Côtes de Castillon vineyard, is a blend of 90% Merlot picked September 24-29 and 10% Cabernet Franc picked October 23-24. Matured in 50% new oak, it has a generous bouquet that takes its time to get going in the glass, eventually revealing blackberry and briary scents. The palate is medium-bodied with just the right amount of fleshiness here to balance the chalky tannins; mulberry and white pepper vivifying the finish. This is a subtle Montlandrie, one imbued with Durantous’s art.
75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 50 % new oak. Castillon had half the rain of Libournais. Very dark. Very sumptuous and likely to be VGV. Explosive and very vibrant. Drink 2018-2025
A wine with blueberry and currant character. Full body, chewy tannins and a bright finish.TIght and chewy.
A Denis Durantou (l'Eglise-Clinet) wine.Generous dark fruit on the nose and palate. Firm tannins in behind but softened by the fruit. Minerally edge. Touch of oak on the finish. Drink: 2018-2024
(75 Merlot, 20 Cabernet Franc, 5 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 50% new oak. This is a confusing wine because it is very spicy with a lot of grip and a lot of power. If anything if it almost too raw and untamed with very dry tannins. In spite of this the fruit is exotic and power-packed. It warrants two pluses and a question mark because I have no idea if it will emerge from its required slumber in one piece, but a lot of me likes its craziness.
Denis Durantou is rightly excited about the quality of this wine in 2014 because it’s superb (and great value). Chalky, mineral and fresh, with hints of Asian spices, toasty oak and plump black fruits underpinned by a sappy, almost saline brightness. Hard to believe it’s only a Castillon. Drink: 2018-25
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.