CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Deep purple to black. Suave, rich, full velvety sweet black fruits. Juicy and smooth as silk. Succulent, cool, harmonious. Winning, gourmand, slightly sweet and puddingy. Crushed blackberry and cherry. Lovely clarity to the flavours. Long and pure, lovely and juicy, energetic. Quite strongly structured, lovely combination of fruit and texture, but more in balance than power. Very long. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Nov 2011)
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Consistent as ever, owner Denis Durantou has produced another classic, long ageing wine with an overall note of distinction. The Merlot is pure and expressive, the tannins firm but refined, the 15% Cabernet Franc adding complexity and length on the finish. Drink 2018-2035. Rating: 18.5***** www.decanter.com
Offers concentrated aromas of cassis and black licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and lots of fruit and mineral undertones. A very pretty, polished wine. So beautiful already. Rating: 91-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator
Mid crimson. Scented and rich on the nose. Very broad and mouthfilling – quite complex. Much more than just sweet. An interesting wine – quite different from most Pomerols. Lots of lift and attack – not at all playing the sweetness card. Very appetising. Intriguing – even quite intellectual. Explosive with a savoury finish. Smooth and sleek and complete. Good wine! No holes. Lots of energy. 2014-27 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this has a very pure, elegant nose with brilliant definition. It has an almost Burgundian personality. The palate has awesome balance – so much freshness and tension. Tart red cherries, crushed violets and minerals. Crushed stones on the finish. Also tasted samples directly from the barrel that are showing more power and depth, perhaps a greater length, less of the precision that will eventually be the signature of this great Pomerol. Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com
So many great wines have emerged from this property administered with meticulous care and obvious passion by proprietor Denis Durantou that it hard to say the 2008 is better than some of the previous wines produced over the last decade. It is more backward and less evolved than some of the other Pomerols in this vintage, but the wine boasts an inky/ruby/purple color as well as an exceptionally pure bouquet of creme de cassis, black raspberry liqueur, charcoal, and a hint of black truffles. Dense and pure with massive concentration yet undeniable elegance and precision (because of the fresh acids), this full-bodied effort, despite the high level of Merlot in the blend, requires 7-10 years of patience. It should evolve for 30-40 years after bottling, and will be fascinating to compare with some of the legends produced here over the last ten years. Rating: 94 - 96+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com
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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