CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Denis Durantou was keen to say that this is not just a classic vintage, but a return to ‘normal’ after several vintages of extremes - the yield is close to a long term average - and this is again a vintage of blending - all the Cabernets went in - and balance of fruit, alcohol and tannin - nothing excessive in any way. It is a fabulously rich colour, very oaky which sweetens up the fruit - very Rating: 92+ L&S (Apr 2005)
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A brilliant effort from proprietor Denis Durantou, this classic Pomerol reveals a dark purple color as well as sweet aromas of raspberries, black cherries, cassis, and hints of caramel and vanilla. It is made in a layered, medium to full-bodied style with moderately high tannin, and superb concentration, structure, and depth. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025. Rating: 93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2012)
A big and chewy red, with leather, toasted oak and an almost raisin character. Full-bodied, with thick tannins and a long finish. Well-toned muscles. Well done. 1,580 cases made Rating: 89-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2005)
Château L'Église Clinet
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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