CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Very dense, rich nose. Oaky, but - a sweetness of Cabernet Franc, perfectly ripe, a sweetness of Merlot. An intense, freshly-baked, patisserie concentration of ripe blackberry, cherry pie. Lively and pure and long. Gorgeous. It is as once a real 'bomb' but all in finesse. Such power but such elegance. Rating: 95 L&S (Apr 2013)
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Tasted blind. This wine is a sophisticated lawyer somehow. Lots of layers and urbanity. Source of great reward. Mid weight but so much subtlety. Not simple sweetness but great profundity. Drinking range: 2018 - 2035 Rating: 18.5+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2016)
The 2012 L'Eglise Clinet is a real head-turner. Explosive and rich in the glass, the 2012 boasts superb depth throughout. Sweet floral and spiced notes develop first, followed by intense red and blue-fleshed fruit. Violets, mint, sage and sweet spices add nuance as the 2012 opens up, but it is really the wine's vertical structure that stands out above all else. I very much like the pure energy that is so central to the wine's personality. This is a superb showing, and one of the clear highlights of the year. Readers should cellar the 2012 for at least a few years. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jan 2016)
A gorgeous wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc is an inky purple color, with gorgeous purity of black raspberries, blackcurrants and blackberry with a hint of truffle and spring flowers. Its is full-bodied, opulent and a tour de force in this vintage. Great presence on the palate, fabulous purity and a long finish make for a magnificent bottle of wine to drink over the next 20-some years. Drinking range: 2015 - 2035 Rating: 96 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2015)
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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