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Chateau Les Cruzelles History, Overview
Chateau Les Cruzelles in Lalande de Pomerol is owned by Denis Durantou. Denis Durantou who purchased Chateau Les Cruzelles in 2000, is better known for owning one of the top estates in Pomerol, Chateau LEglise Clinet.
Located in the commune of Neac, not far from his Pomerol estate, the terroir of Chateau Les Cruzelles shares many similarities in terroir with his Pomerol chateau, due to its rich, clay and gravel soil.
However, the soils for Les Cruzelles have more gravel with less clay than you will encounter at Chateau L’Eglise Clinet. More importantly, the terroir of Les Cruzelles was exactly what Denis Durantou was hoping to find in this region as this allowed Denis Durantou to expand his massal selection program.
The Lalande de Pomerol vineyards are only about 1 kilometer from Chateau L’Eglise Clinet. In fact, you can actually see the vineyard of Les Cruzelles from Chateau L’Eglise Clinet, if Denis shows you where to look.
Chateau Les Cruzelles Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The terroir has clay and gravel soil. The majority of the blend for the wine of Chateau Les Cruzelles is usually taken up by Merlot.
Recent vintages have seen as much as 80% to 90% of blend come from Merlot, with the Cabernet Franc ranging from 10% to 20%. For the vinification of Chateau Les Cruzelles, the wine is fermented in tank. The wine is then aged in 50%, new, French oak barrels before bottling.
There is a second wine, Chateau La Chenade. The grapes for La Chenade comes from a combination of the estate’s young vines and the vines planted in the terroir with more sand and gravel, as well as from purchased fruit.
La Chenade also includes more Cabernet Franc in the blend to give it more structure. La Chenade is aged in an average of 25% new, French oak barrels. On average, the production of Chateau Les Cruzelles is close to 1,200 cases of wine per vintage.
When to Drink Chateau Les Cruzelles, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Chenade is better with at least 2-4 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour if desired.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Chenade offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Les Cruzelles with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Les Cruzelles is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Les Cruzelles is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Les Cruzelles is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château les Cruzelles Wine Tasting Notes
21 Vintages 60,625 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2019||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Flowers, black raspberries, earthy cherries and nutty chocolate notes are in the nose. The palate, is filled with lusciously textured, sweet, ripe black plums and cocoa. The silky finish feels great. Produced from a blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this could be the top wine produced from Les Cruzelles, a vineyard the late owner, Denis Durantou loved. 91-93 Pts
1,738 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2019||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
A mix of flowers and chocolate on the nose opens the wine. From there, the medium-bodied, soft, ripe, lush fruits and the silky finish with its sweet berries and cocoa hit the spot. You can enjoy this just about on release for its textures and fruit-forward approach. 88-90 Pts
2,224 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Earthy, forest aromas with leaf, mint, and cherries from start to finish, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, silky and perfect for early drinking, with its fresh, sweet, red plum attributes. 90-92 Pts
2,177 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
The forward, plum and floral wine is medium-bodied, round, soft and already delicious. You can enjoy this on release. 87-89 Pts
1,727 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Soft, silky, juicy plums create a forward styled Romeo with earthy, dark red fruits and back notes of licorice. To be enjoyed on release, the wine was made from blending 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
2,155 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Medium bodied and forward, this wine is soft, sweet and quite likable.
1,524 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Using 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this wine shows a rich, ruby color. On the nose, dreamy chocolate-covered black raspberries followed by dark juicy plums and just the right amount of cocoa and floral accents in the endnote.
4,370 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Produced from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine serves up a floral, dark cherry nose. Medium bodied with a sweet, full, plum finish that will drink well early.
2,640 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Using 80% Merlot and more Cabernet Franc than usual at 20%, this wine has licorice, flowers, cocoa and black cherry notes in the nose. Soft in texture, there is a plush, roundness in the tannins, sweetness in the black fruits and a near prurient essence in the fixture that insures this vintage will deliver a lot of pleasure. 90-92 Pts
3,650 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Ripe, sweet and fruity, with a happy-to-meet-you, open, easy, black cherry character. 86 - 88 Pts
3,391 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Dominated by Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this wine is soft, forward and plumy with an open chocolate-covered, black raspberry finish. 89-90 Pts
3,816 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2014||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
This wine is ripe, fruity, short and easy to drink with a forward, spicy, red berry character. Produced from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 86-88 Pts
2,066 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
With intriguing scents of tangerine, coffee, cherry and plum, there is a nice softness to the texture, finishing with sweet cherries, oak and cocoa. 88-90 Pts
2,550 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2014
|2013||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Using 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the forward, medium-bodied wine focuses on mocha, plum and fresh cherries. Drink this on the young side. 85-87 Pts
2,611 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2014
|2012||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, earthy, smoky, dark red fruits in an approachable style.
1,797 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Aged in 50% new French oak, the wine is blended from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Fresh black cherry, cocoa, earth and coffee notes work well with the center of cherry and black raspberries. 87-89 Pts
2,623 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2012||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine is packed with fresh black cherries. 86-88 Pts
2,711 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged in 50% new oak. Black cherry, forest floor, pepper and spice, this is a soft, round, delicious red cherry-filled wine. 88-89 Pts
2,555 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
|2011||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Blending 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged in 50% new oak with fresh red berries and an open personality. 87-88 Pts
2,594 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
|2010||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Les Cruzelles From a blend of 90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc, Denis Durantou produced a wine from Lalande de Pomerol that could compete with several much more expensive Pomerol wines. Jammy berries, licorice, plums and chocolate covered raspberries open to a soft textured, charming, elegant, plummy wine that should drink well early. 89-91 Pts
3,454 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2010||Château La Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol)|
La Chenade lalande de Pomerol 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc combine to make a medium bodied, lighter, Pomerol styled wine. 85-87 Pts
5,108 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château les Cruzelles (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Forward in style, medium bodied, with ample notes of licorice, black cherry, earth and dark chocolate. The finish offers good freshness, round textures and sweet, black raspberries with a hint of cocoa powder.
3,144 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2013