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The 2000 Vintage For Bordeaux Is One Of The Greatest Ever

The Personal Property Of Legendary 100pt Bordeaux Winemaker Denis Durantou

This was a find that we were lucky to get our hands on. Denis Durantou can only be described as a Master Bordeaux Winemaker. He is one of the very few rock stars in Bordeaux, whatever he makes turn to gold. He has mastered all the great appellations. His 2012 Chateau L”Eglise Clinet was the only wine from the vintage to score 100pts by Parker. Today I bring to you Mr. Durantou’s personal property from the Pomerol, his pride and joy from the great 2000 vintage. The 2000 Chateau La Chenade is an absolutely glorious Bordeaux that is starting to really hit its stride. The 2000 vintage for Bordeaux is one of the greatest ever, rivalling 2009, 1982, 1961 and 1945. The wine is also a great value from such a great vintage and such a great winemaker. The wine is starting to peak, a fleshy style of Pomerol, black fruits, hints of smoke and kirsch. This wine is a wow!

This was a find that we were lucky to get our hands on. Denis Durantou can only be described as a Master Bordeaux Winemaker. He is one of the very few rock stars in Bordeaux, whatever he makes turn to gold. He has mastered all the great appellations. His 2012 Chateau L”Eglise Clinet was the only wine from the vintage to score 100pts by Parker. Today I bring to you Mr. Durantou’s personal property from the Pomerol, his pride and joy from the great 2000 vintage. The 2000 Chateau La Chenade is an absolutely glorious Bordeaux that is starting to really hit its stride. The 2000 vintage for Bordeaux is one of the greatest ever, rivalling 2009, 1982, 1961 and 1945. The wine is also a great value from such a great vintage and such a great winemaker. The wine is starting to peak, a fleshy style of Pomerol, black fruits, hints of smoke and kirsch. This wine is a wow!

Denis Durantou is a winemaker's winemaker: a singular man of forthright opinions and great integrity, whose wines articulately express the soil on which his modest Pomerol chateau stands. A man, who from childhood, knew he would make wine far beyond the parochial confines of Pomerol to those hallowed vineyards of Pauillac, St Julien, and St Estèphe.

For over twenty years, he has tried and succeeded in pushing the boundaries of wine making while continually expanding his knowledge of terroir. His immediate predecessor at the family owned chateau was responsible for making the legendary 1947 Cheval Blanc, but the young man who took over the reins was uninhibited, and while maintaining an appropriate degree of respect, went on to improve and revolutionize the winemaking at his family estate without the least self-doubt. With a vision and intellect capable of challenging the many-narrow minded practices which for so long have restrained Bordeaux – at every level. His ability to create massive and beautifully structured wines in the great Bordeaux tradition, while remaining at the cutting edge, reassuringly defies the long held view that only over-extracted monsters might gain praise from the point scoring gurus, who for way too long have held sway over consumer fashion. His 2012 Chateau L’Église Clinet is the only red wine of this vintage to receive a potential 100 point score from Robert Parker!


And it is here, on personal estate, a 25 acre property in the appellation of Lalande-de-Pomerol (and less than 1km from the famous Chateaux’s of Pomerol), he produces a wine of pure elegance. The property, planted half with Merlot and half with Cabernet Franc also includes a small house and a winery. "I had bought the wines from the estate for a few years for blending into a wine I make called La Chenade, and when the owner wanted to sell, I felt I should buy it," said Durantou. "The soil and exposure are very close to the plateau of Pomerol where L'Église Clinet is located."

Durantou’s tasting notes: "I am very happy with the results in 2000. The wine shows very good fruit and body as well as tannin structure.