2016 Château Montlandrie, Côtes de Castillon

Critic score
92/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Côtes de Castillon, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    75% Merlot
    20% Cabernet Franc
    5% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2016 Château Montlandrie, Côtes de Castillon

TASTING NOTES

The 2016 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 3-17 October. It was picked at 40 hectoliters per hectare and raised in 60% new oak (although my sample was from a one-year-old barrel). It is the first vintage to include more than 80% of the vines that were planted by Denis Durantou after 2008. This has a more broody bouquet than the two Lalande-de-Pomerols, just a touch of leafiness originating from the Cabernet Sauvignon that enhances the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine structure, more saline than the Les Cruzelles, backward at the moment, but the Cabernets impart some lovely graphite notes on the saline finish. Superb. Expect this to land towards the top of my banded score once in bottle.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April 2017)
(91—93)/100

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