- La Chenade
- Lalande de Pomerol
- Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 La Chenade is clean and precise on the nose, offering a mixture of red and black fruit, plus hints of licorice and light minty scents loitering in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, veering more toward black fruit. An underlying salinity then encourages the saliva to flow on the finish. This is a beautiful Lalande de Pomerol – elegance personified. Drink 2025 - 2038
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 La Chenade is fleshy and succulent right out of the gate. Sweet red cherry, red plum, spice, mint and sweet pipe tobacco lend quite a bit of aromatic presence to this super-expressive Lalande de Pomerol from the Durantou family. As always, La Chenade is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc especially marked in this vintage in the wine's aromatics and structural feel. A few years in the bottle will be essential. Drink 2025 - 2035
James Suckling, April 2021,
This is very creamy and polished with attractive blackcurrant and bitter citrus character. Medium-bodied, polished and lovely.
Decanter, May 2021,
Sit back and enjoy the life and sap through this wine, with earthy wild blackberry notes that I really enjoy. No need to wait too long, enjoyably sculpted if a little concentrated in its tannic sign-off. 3.72pH. A yield of 38hl/ha. La Chenade contains a fairly high amount of young vines, which meant it was more affected than Les Cruzelles by the dry summer, but it has been exceptionally well handled. Drink 2023-2032.
Jancis Robinson, May 2021,
Fruit-driven, lively and juicy with a light tannic frame. Simple pleasure but falls away a bit at the end. (JL) 14% Drink 2023 – 2028
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Flowers, cocoa and red fruits create the backdrop for this medium-bodied, fresh, lush, forward, already accessible charmer. The wine finishes with sweet, soft, earthy red fruits. You can enjoy this just about on release and for at least a decade after that.
La Chenade is part of the brilliant and incredibly well-respected Durantou stable, the family behind the great L'Eglise Clinet. This estate was purchased by superstar winemaker the late, great Denis Durantou. The family also own Ch Montlandrie in Cotes de Castillon, Ch Saintayme in St Emilion and Ch Les Cruzelles in Lalande de Pomerol. The vineyard spans 12 hectares and is planted to 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lalande de Pomerol
Lalande de Pomerol is situated to the north-west of the Dordogne River north of Pomerol. Similar to the great Pomerol appellation the wines are Merlot dominated but sold at a fraction of the price. Some great value wines can be found to the south of the Lalande de Pomerol region as only the Barbanne River separates the two appellations.