|90-92 THE WINEADVOCATE: "This is produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet. The vineyard is in Lalande de Pomerol on gravel-based sandy soils. The 2018 La Chenade is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc with 30% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is slightly reticent and broody, offering notes of tar, chargrill and damp soil to begin, giving way to a core of fresh plums, black cherries and kirsch plus touches of bay leaves and iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and juicy with plenty of bright black fruit and a plush texture, finishing long and refreshing."
92 DECANTER: "This is super fresh and juicy - an easy wine to recommend. It’s full of well-ripened autumnal fruits and is in fact pretty concentrated in terms of flavours – a wine that shows just how fully the grapes ripened on gravel soils in 2018 and yet maintains its floral aromatics and sense of easy elegance. 30% new oak was used. A yield of 40hl/ha."
92-93 JAMES SUCKLING: "This is really delicious and fresh with lovely dark berries and purity at the same time. Medium body, fine tannins and a lovely finish."
90-92 JEB DUNNUCK: "A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from gravelly soils, the 2018 La Chenade comes from the team of Denis Durantou and is still aging in 30% new barrels. It offers a rich yet savory style in its black raspberries, dried cherries, leafy herbs, and chocolate-laced aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, medium-bodied, and silky, this is another remarkable wine in the vintage that’s well worth seeking out."