|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
100% Merlot on gravel. Tasted after the Chenade with Denis Durantou - this is much richer with a more ample feel. Brilliant intensity. Lovely brambly fruit, dark berries and plump plums framed with super fine tannins - rich and round, but with no flab - a lovely focus and balance make this so impressive, joyful stuff. Rating: 93 L&S (Mar 2015)
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The 2014 La Petite Eglise offers lovely immediacy and suppleness. Sweet dark cherry, hard candy, flowers, plum, menthol and licorice are super-expressive in the glass. Round and immediate, the Petite Eglise is a lovely second wine with plenty of depth and appeal. Petite Eglise is 100% Merlot from gravelly soils. Rating: 89-91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2015)
The La Petite Eglise 2014 was picked on 3 October and is matured in 50% new oak. It has a clean and generous, though comparatively uncomplicated bouquet, that is perhaps limited by the growing season. The palate is fresh and tense on the entry, a pinch of cracked black pepper at the front of the mouth. There is plenty of animation and energy in this La Petite Eglise with a fresh, almost citric finish that bodes well for the future. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2015)
The nose is quite light with the fragrance of violets the start of the palate fresh. Rich in the middle black plum richness layers of fruit lots of complexity and although sweet and ripe at the back the finish has an elegant charm. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 89-93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(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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