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Greatest value in Bordeaux

While the Grand Cru Classé echelon exudes luxurious, premium-priced and long-ageing wines, finding value in Bordeaux is much more difficult. There is a growing consensus in the wine trade about the affordable end however: Denis Durantou produces 2 of the greatest value wines in the entire region. As the proprietor of the Right-Bank superstar Château L’Eglise Clinet in Pomerol, Denis makes 2 gorgeous wines only a kilometer down the road that are sold at a tiny fraction of the price – La Chenade and Les Cruzelles.

La Chenade

Someone who has consistently delivered value from Lalande-de-Pomerol, effectively a northern extension of the world-famous plateau of Pomerol, is Denis Durantou,’ writes Jancis Robinson, ‘within sight of his base in Pomerol are the Cruzelles vines… of clay-gravel soils, virtually identical to those on the Pomerol plateau.’

La Chenade:
 -  Among the ‘best affordable Bordeaux’ on
 -  Jancis Robinson’s ‘wine of the week’ in March 2017

Les Cruzelles:
 -  One of Tim Atkin’s top 10 value Bordeaux
 -  One of the ‘wines to look for’ on Decanter’s Bordeaux 2015 value wines list

La Chenade is south-west of the Les Cruzelles vineyard where there is more gravel and less clay. It contains a touch more Cabernet Franc and a little less new oak. Les Cruzelles is only slightly richer but both are approachable now and will age well for a decade. Both are made with the same care as the L’Eglise Clinet and, putting it simply, Bordeaux doesn’t get better at this price.

Our Bordeaux 2014s will be landing soon so look out for our Bordeaux tastings in early August. View a list of all our value Bordeaux.

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La Chenade, Lalande de Pomerol 2014
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. – Wine Advocate, 91/100

Plum, chocolate and cassis-bush aromas follow through to a full body, integrated tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Drink in 2020, but already a joy to taste. – James Suckling, 92/100

Les Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol 2014
The 2014 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 24-29 September. It has a little more ripeness on the nose compared to the La Chenade, very perfumed with subtle violet and iris aromas, later a hint of orange blossom. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin with ample blackberry and bilberry; grainy in texture with a pleasurable marine/oyster shell element lending personality on the finish. This is very fine. – Wine Advocate, 91/100

Always one of the Gironde's greatest bargains. Grassy, elegant and leafy with dark berry and fennel notes that build on the palate, complemented by stylish, aromatic oak. Typically impressive winemaking. – Tim Atkin, 93/100

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