80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc; 30% new oak. Barrel sample. Ripe, sweet black fruit. A little bit jammy in fruit style and then thick with tannin on the palate. Chewy and so dense but with bags of fruit. Needs time but I’m not sure it will age that long because the fruit is pretty ripe. (JH) 14% Drink 2023-2028
Lisa Perrotti-Brown. This is produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet. The vineyard is in Lalande de Pomerol on gravel-based sandy soils. The 2018 La Chenade is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc with 30% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is slightly reticent and broody, offering notes of tar, chargrill and damp soil to begin, giving way to a core of fresh plums, black cherries and kirsch plus touches of bay leaves and iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and juicy with plenty of bright black fruit and a plush texture, finishing long and refreshing.