Denis Durantou's brilliant Lalande de Pomerol estate. Same owner as l'Eglise Clinet. Dark, deep and savoury. Plum and licorice. Intensely structured and freshly fruited. Ripe blackcurrant and plum, hint of mocha. (90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.)
The 2015 Les Cruzelles has a fragrant, pure and winsome bouquet with joyful dark cherry and crushed strawberry aromas. It has clearly lost the bashfulness it showed in barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well balanced with succulent, brambly red fruit mixed with truffle and a hint of black olive. This has really blossomed in barrel and frankly, it shows up a lot of Pomerol crus this vintage. Factor in the price that this was released en primeur and if you do not have a case in your cellar, well, too bad! Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2030.
– eRobertParker.com, Feb 2018
Silky and caressing in feel, with gentle rooibos tea, blood orange and raspberry notes that move gracefully, gaining depth through the finish.
– James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2016)
This is very floral and regal for this appellation with blackberries and dark tea. Medium to full body, fine and polished tannins and a beautiful finish. Love to taste this. Drink now.
Crimson. Scented and compact nose. Savoury and supple. Very fine for a Lalande-de-Pomerol. Maybe flattering because it went into barrel before Chenade. Drink 2020-2026.
– jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2016
Les Cruzelles, Denis Durantou's Lalande de Pomerol, is once again impressive in 2015. There is notable volume and unctuousness to the super-ripe red cherry, espresso and mocha flavors. The 2015 needs another year or two to come together, but it is super-impressive. Les Cruzelles is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from gravelly soils. The 2015 spent one year in French oak, 45% new. vinous.com, February 2018
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