CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
A touch of class on the nose. A deep sweet blackberry and plum fruit. Lovely silk velvet richness of texture, all in flavour-filled finesse of tannin. Absolutely superb, and at the top level of wines tasted this year. Very subtle spice of oak, finishes on flavoury and savoury tannins resolving into more and more juicy black fruit. Very subtle herb (mint) notes in the fruit, lovely balance and harmony. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2008)
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Still with a dark core and masses of dark fruit on the nose. Really refined in aroma. Deliciously dark and savoury on the palate too – super-fine tannins and elegance with subtle dark flavours. Lovely dry but fresh finish. Drinking range: 2016 - 2028 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Sep 2017)
Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, licorice, mocha and a whiff of sweet butter on the nose. Wonderfully intense and juicy, with sappy flavors of dark berries, violet and minerals. Combines lovely sweetness with terrific verve. Perhaps best today on the broad, sweet, impressively long finish, which features very fine-grained tannins. Not the richest or most powerful version of this wine, but a beauty. Rating: 92-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Jul 2010)
Unquestionably the Pomerol of the vintage, the dense purple-colored 2007 l’Eglise-Clinet offers an astonishing display of rich, licorice and caramel-infused kirsch, black raspberry, and cassis fruit. Rich, full-bodied, and pure, with low acidity and ripe tannin, it is already offering delicious drinking, and should continue to do so for 15-20 years. Having just had the 1997, which is not as strong a wine as this 2007, that wine, from a very mediocre vintage, is still young. Kudos to proprietor Denis Durantou. Rating: 94-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(May 2008)
Berry and chocolate character follows through to a medium body, with delicate tannins and a medium finish. Real wine for the vintage. Rating: 88-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(May 2008)
2007 L'Eglise Clinet has long been a strong performer. Here, at a decade old, it offers gorgeous aromas of redcurrant, crushed strawberry, tar and truffle, a discrete mineralité that only surfaces with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with superb acidity, impressive cohesion and outstanding structure (for a 2007) towards the finish. It is brimming with sophistication, class and character—one of the standout Pomerols of the vintage. Tasted February 2017. Drinking range: 2017 - 2035 Rating: 94-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2008)
Very dark crimson but it glows. Smouldering nose. Very smooth. Denis Durantou says he ensured the fermentation temperatures were notably low in 2007 to concentrate on the fruit and gentle extraction of tannins. Very sleek. Much cooler than most vintages. Less rich and dramatic - a little bit of tarmacadam. Dry finish. Just a bit too restrained? 2013-19 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2008)
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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