80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
La Chenade is produced by Chateau Les Cruzelles in Lalande-de-Pomerol, which is owned by Denis Durantou - better known for his famous Pomerol estate, Chateau L’Eglise Clinet. Located in the commune of Neac, the Lez Cruzelles vineyards are only about 1 kilometer from Chateau L’Eglise Clinet - in fact, they are so close you can see Les Cruzelles from L'Eglise. The 10 hectares of Les Cruzelles are planted to 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. This could be the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc in the appellation. The terroir is clay and gravel soil. The majority of the blend for Chateau Les Cruzelles is usually taken up by Merlot. For the vinification of Les Cruzelles, the wine is fermented in tank and is aged in 50%, new, French oak barrels. There is a second wine, Chateau La Chenade, which is aged in an average of 25% new, French oak barrels. Chateau La Chenade is produced from the estates young vines and includes more Cabernet Franc in the blend.
What The Critics Say
89-91/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"The 2017 La Chenade, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, is terrific. Deep, powerful and savory, the 2017 packs a serious punch. A rush of cedar, licorice, smoke, dried Mediterranean herbs and underbrush adds aromatic complexity. Today, the 2017 is showing quite a bit of tannin, but time in barrel should take care of things. This is a strong showing from Denis Durantou's Lalande de Pomerol."
16.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding
"Deep purple crimson. Smells of small, wild hedgerow berries and raspberry vitality. Second-fill barrels and just a hint of chocolate. Lovely freshness and that fine graphite note on the finish. Refined texture, just a little chewy for now, and lots of fruit and a persistent finish. (JH)" Drink 2020 - 2028
88-90/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Neal Martin
"Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 La Chenade is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and has quite an earthy nose giving notes of truffles, mossy bark and tilled soil over a core of red and black plums and a waft of incense. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with refreshing red and black fruits supported by chewy tannins and finishes with an invigorating lift." Drink 2020 - 2032
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