Château Pontet Canet’s second wine, which is made in tiny quantities because much of the fruit is good enough to make Pontet Canet itself...
91/100 Points - Tim Atkin MW
Reflecting the sandier soils on which it is grown, La Chenade is often the lightest and most "feminine" wine in Denis Durantou's portfolio. This is very scented indeed, with refreshing acidity framing raspberry and wild strawberry fruit. The 30% new oak adds a sheen of vanilla spice.
Montlandrie le Castillon de Denis Durantou offers brilliant value for money and has received excellent reviews from all the leading critics. Tim Atkin tops the scores with 94 points (the same score Tim awards for Château Ausone!).
Château L’Eglise Clinet is offered and a fabulous price of £650 IB per case (6x75cl) however, quantities are strictly limited as only 1,000 cases were produced...
90-91 James Suckling “A juicy red with blackberry, licorice and leather character. Full and balanced. Wonderful depth.”
91 Tim Atkin MW “Varietal Merlot sourced from clay and gravel soils, this is one of the best value Saint Emilions, made by Denis Durantou. It's got plenty of stuffing and concentration for an inexpensive wine, with aromatic, toasty oak, some orange zest and bright acidity”.
Tim Atkin MW awards the Château les Cruzelles 2014 93 points, which, (and as some of our fellow friends in the trade would state) is the same score as Châteaux Montrose & Ducru Beaucaillou “A wine that's very marked by its comparatively small percentage of Cabernet Franc, this is 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”.
Consistently a great buy amongst shrewd consumers - the Vauthier family and winemaker Phillipe Baillarguest are putting as much effort into producing the best Château Moulin Saint-Georges as they are with Château Ausone itself. Moulin Saint-Georges is produced in the same way; super-strict fruit selection and the wine is matured in 100% new French barriques from anywhere between 18 to 20 months. This is a truly fabulous property and their wine is world-class in my opinion...
From the Vauthier stable comes this Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Château Fonbel, which quite frankly is a steal and comes highly recommended at £120.00 per case... The ’08 is regularly selling at £150.00.
Robert Parker - The 2014 Fonbel, from the Famille Vauthier of Ausone, has a pretty bouquet with fragrant red berry fruit laced with peony and potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, slightly chalky tannin. There is moderate weight in the mouth, a Château de Fonbel that is classic in style and whilst some might hanker for a little more flesh on the finish, I appreciate the focus and tension in this wine. Drink over the next four or five years.
96 Points - Neal Martin
Tasted at the château, the 2014 Montrose builds on the promise it showed in barrel with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, cedar and orange sorbet scents that are extremely pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very precise acidity and layers of crisp black fruit laced with vanilla from the new oak at the moment. That will be subsumed in time. What you have here is a very precise, multi-layered, almost sensual Montrose that is going to delight many for years to come. This is highly recommended—one of the finest Left Bank wines this vintage. Tasted September 2016
95-96/100 - James Suckling “This has fascinating aromas already with blackcurrants and cassis. Hints of spices. It's full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins and a long, focused finish. Muscular but toned and beautiful.”
17/20 - Jancis Robinson “Blackish crimson. Sweet and luscious and almost with black-cherry super-ripe aromas! A note of something charred here. Pretty interesting. Lots of work to overpower the tannins. Should make very good old bones to chew over. Long and glamorous. Tasting it blind, I guessed it was Lynch. Drink 2024-2040”