2015 Chateau Les Cruzelles, Lalande-de-Pomerol (1 x Double Magnum)

France Bordeaux Pomerol

The 2015 Les Cruzelles is tasted from two bottles. The one at the blind tasting just felt a little out of sorts. The second bottle opened at home allowing aeration replicates its showing just after bottling: dark cherries and crushed strawberry, a succulent palate with a hint of black olive on the finish. That s more like it. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting and a bottle from my own cellar.

2015 Chateau Les Cruzelles, Lalande-de-Pomerol (1 x Double Magnum)

The 2015 Les Cruzelles is tasted from two bottles. The one at the blind tasting just felt a little out of sorts. The second bottle opened at home allowing aeration replicates its showing just after bottling: dark cherries and crushed strawberry, a succulent palate with a hint of black olive on the finish. That s more like it. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting and a bottle from my own cellar.

France Bordeaux Pomerol
Producer Chateau Les Cruzelles
Sub-Region Pomerol
Region Bordeaux
Country France
Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2015
Colour Red
Style Medium, Dry

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Vinous

Les Cruzelles, Denis Durantou s Lalande de Pomerol, is once again impressive in 2015. There is notable volume and unctuousness to the super-ripe red cherry, espresso and mocha flavors. The 2015 needs another year or two to come together, but it is super-impressive. Les Cruzelles is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from gravelly soils. The 2015 spent one year in French oak, 45% new.

92 Points / Drinking 2019 - 2030

By Antonio Galloni / February 2018

Vinous

The 2015 Les Cruzelles is tasted from two bottles. The one at the blind tasting just felt a little out of sorts. The second bottle opened at home allowing aeration replicates its showing just after bottling: dark cherries and crushed strawberry, a succulent palate with a hint of black olive on the finish. That s more like it. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting and a bottle from my own cellar.

92 Points

By Neal Martin / July 2019

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2015 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc on gravel/clayey soil, picked from September 15-22 and October 6 respectively, then matured in 45% new oak. The new wood is seamlessly integrated into this Lalande-de-Pomerol, more broody and introspective than the La Chenade at the moment, but very well defined. The palate is beautifully proportioned with crisp tannin, a fine line of acidity, somehow gentle and understated on the finish, but very long in the mouth. Yet another ridiculously fine wine to load up on, courtesy of Denis Durantou.

91-93 Points / Drinking 2018 - 2035

By Neal Martin / April 2016