|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
100% Merlot on gravel. Harmonious nose with dry oak backing a supple cool black fruit, but then a mass of wine, thickly flowing but quite unexpressive. Tannins build to a crescendo on the finish, rather drowning out the fruit notes. Will need a few years to soften.
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The second wine of L’Eglise Clinet is better than many châteaux’s top wines in 2011. This is extremely fine and aromatic, more open than it often is at such a young age, with sweet fruitcake and red cherries on the palate, filigree tannins and a classy, perfumed finish. It’s denser than it seems at first, and should age well. 10+ years.
95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com
100% Merlot (picked 16 September). Dusty dark fruit, just a touch leafy. But then a fluid freshness in the middle. Not particularly dense but pretty dry, and seems to lack fruit generosity. Layers of dry texture build to more depth. Not trying hard to please. No roundness at all. Very linear. Severe. 2016-2024
16 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com
The Deuxieme Vin of La Petite Eglise is pure Merlot picked on 16th September that is aged in 50% new barrels. It has a refined bouquet with pure blackberry and raspberry with well-integrated creamy new oak that does not impede upon the fruit profile. With time it offers a touch of cedar that is very attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive balance and a silky smooth texture. It has some oak to subsume so it will need 3-4 years in bottle, though it does not have the tension or persistency one can find in the 2009 or 2010. Still, this is very fine and probably will be good value.
89-91 Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com
There are some rich flavours on the nose and rich sweet fruit filling out the palate. The tannins show but feel ripe supporting but not over dominating. The sweetness on the back palate is balanced by some fresher flavours.
89-92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
Château L'Église Clinet: Full Wine List and Profile
In a region of modest architecture, the high-spired church in Pomerol tends to dominate the sky-line. Gathered around it, a trio of estates trumpet their proximity with their name – Domaine de l’Eglise, Clos l’Eglise and Château l’Eglise Clinet. Infact, Clos l’Eglise Clinet and l’Eglise Clinet, separated only by a narrow lane, used to form a single estate until they were divided in inheritance in the latter half of the 19th Century. Initially, confusingly, called Clos de l’Eglise, the estate appended the lieu dit name and became Clos de l’Eglise Clinet, before finally settling on l’Eglise Clinet. The château, such as it is, is quite modest – the château proper being left with the Clos l’Eglise portion when the estate divided. The Château l’Eglise Clinet story really begins when Denis Durantou took over in 1983 and turned a traditional if unexciting property into one of Pomerol’s superstars. New equipment in a small new chai were installed and meticulous attention has been paid to the vineyard. There are 6ha of vines given over to 85% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc with the last 1% being a plot of very old Malbec vines. Denis Durantou also owns Château les Cruzelles in Lalande-de-Pomerol, Saintayme in Saint Emilion and Chateau Montlandrie in the Côtes de Castillon.
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