2020 Château Les Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol

From the Durantou family of wines, this is a bottle that will never disappoint. There's a coolness here, but still so much fruit, and wonderful tannic structure. For a wine at this price point this will age brilliantly - everyone should have a bottle or two in their cellar.

Critic score
92.5/100
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£24.28
Case, 6 Bottles
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£145.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Lalande de Pomerol, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    80% Merlot
    20% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2039
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14.5%
2020 Château Les Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol

TASTING NOTES

Black earth and clay with dark-berry and violet character. It’s medium-to full- bodied with creamy tannins and a fresh finish. More opulent than the 2019.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
92—93/100

Stands out from La Chenade in the vintage, with its velvet texture and a more serious sculpted feel overall. Tobacco and liquorice notes besides black cherry and raspberry fruits, good tension, serious but with Lalande-de-Pomerol unfussy appeal. 3.72pH. A yield of 38hl/ha.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
94/100

Aromatic nose and palate with lifted red-berry notes. Lively, juicy and smooth, the tannins tempered and fine. Some persistence but a touch dry on the finish. Joyful and balanced but probably for earlier drinking.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2021)
16.5/20

The 2020 Les Cruzelles offers plenty of brambly red fruit on the nose, where touches of undergrowth, menthol and cassis unfold with time. Compared to the La Chenade, there is a little more showiness here. The palate is medium-bodied with superb acidity that cuts through the graphite-tinged black fruit. Displaying wonderful focus and energy from start to finish, this is a classy Lalande de Pomerol that should give 12–15 years of drinking pleasure. Superb.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(90—92)/100

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