This month, we pay tribute to a wine legend, Denis Durentou, the owner of Chateau L'Eglise Clinet (Pomerol), Chateau Montlandrie (Castillon), Chateau Les Cruzelles & Le Chenade (Lalande de Pomerol), and Saintayme (Saint-Emilion). He passed away 10 days ago after a long illness, at the age of 62.
In his long career as a winemaker since 1983, when he took over the management of the family estate from his grandfather, he single-handedly revitalized the property and pioneered a winemaking style that emphasizes more on letting the terroir shine through, and less intervention by winemakers through the use of new oak and over-extraction. Not only did he make the high-end L'Eglise Clinet (from an unknown name when he started to one of the best wine of Pomerol today), but also several of the best value wines from Bordeaux: Montlandrie, Les Cruzelles, Le Chenade. We have been big fans of his winemaking style and have carried his wines before renowned wine critics started presenting them to the general public. The latest example is the writing of James Suckling. He listed Chateau Montlandrie among the top 8 value wines of Bordeaux under $30.
This month's selections are:
- Château Cos Labory 2014, Saint-Estephe, 90-92 pts
- Chateau Kirwan 2016, Margaux, 91 pts
- Chateau Montlandrie 2016, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, 91-93
- Château Prieure-Lichine 2010, Margaux, 92 pts.