Château Montlandrie, Côtes de Castillon Cru Bourgeois 2020
Available En Primeur
This wine truly stopped us in our tracks when we tasted it about a month ago, it showed a fabulous level of concentration and purity of fruit, and in our opinion delivered a level of quality many properties at twice the price can only dream of achieving one day.
Here, Castillon- Côtes-de- Bordeaux punches well above its weight, expressing an opulence and concentration of merlot fruit directly from a grade of limestone and clay to rival some of the best terroir in Saint-Emilion. The 2020 is a blend of 75% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon and aged in 40% new oak for 14 months and represents one of the best combinations of quality and price we've seen in the campaign thus far.
Château Montlandrie without doubt leads the way for those petits châteaux that are determined to enhance the identities of their lesser-known appellations. Through a sustained focus on quality and expression, they clearly illustrate that authenticity, affordability and immense drinking pleasure is still to be found outside more renowned, price-commanding communes of Bordeaux.
The 2020 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot was picked between the 18th and the 22nd of September, and the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon were picked from the 23rd to the 25th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.5% and is aging in French oak barrels, 40% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with vibrant notes of crushed blackberries, fresh, juicy black plums and mulberries, plus hints of bay leaves, cardamom, ground black pepper and black truffles. The medium to full-bodied palate possesses impressive freshness with a solid backbone of soft, rounded tannins and bags of ripe black fruits, finishing long with a peppery kick. 53,000 bottles are expected to be made. 2025 - 2039
92 - 94 pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate
"Denis Durantou estate up on the limestone plateau of Castillon, now vinified by his daughter Noémie Durantou. Deeply coloured, ruby in colour with fleshy fruit, not giving a whole lot away right now, but this is a fairly discreet vintage in many ways. The dominant impression is of a rough linen and wet stone texture that reflects its limestone soils. Width and depth as it opens in the palate, serious for now but with plenty to give. A yield of 45hl/ha. 3.6pH."
93 pts, Jane Anson, www.decanter.com
|*En Primeur - Please note, this wine is available En Primeur. The price shown is not inclusive of UK duty and VAT, which will be payable at the prevailing rate upon delivery from bond. It will be shipped in Spring - Summer 2023 and we'll contact you once they've arrived.|
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