More Merlot. Gravelly clay. Usually sold to the négoce. Economically difficult t o produce this wine , same techniques as Église Clinet. Less than €8 a bottle! Price same for 15 years! Mid crimson. Very rich but fragrant. Thick and sweet and flattering. A bit less refreshing than some of Denis Durantou’s cheaper wines this year. A bit tiring.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2020
Robert Parker 87
A very well-made wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, this estate in Lalande de Pomerol came up with a wine that has luscious black cherry, and black currant fruit along with hints of caramel candy, vanilla and spice. Medium-bodied, round, pure and very graceful, it should be drunk over the next 7-10 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023
Medium red-ruby. Black fruits, caraway seed, bitter chocolate and a whiff of game on the nose. Plush and pliant in the mouth, with a lovely sugar/acid balance to the dark berry, mocha and enticing oak flavors. Very sexy merlot with a lot of early personality. Ripe tannins saturate the palate on the persistent, rich finish. A very strong vintage for this wine from Denis Durantou.