|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
A tight and focused red with blackberry, dark-chocolate and hazelnut aromas and flavors, which follow through to a full body. Integrated and round tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs three or four years to soften but very focused and precise. Structured. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
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The 2015 Clos l'Eglise was picked on 8, 14 and 23 September apropos the Merlot and the Cabernet Franc on 23 September. Co-proprietor Hélène Garçin-Léveque told me that for the first time, Clos l'Eglise was one of the first Pomerols to be picked since they felt that the grapes were fully ripe. So why wait? That clearly is vindicated by the bouquet with ebullient, ripe blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, almost Burgundy-like in terms of its purity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine, tensile tannin, brimming over with energy, tightly packed towards the more linear finish than usual. This is a Clos l'Eglise built for long-term bottle ageing, though I suspect it will actually come round a little earlier than usual. A wonderful Pomerol, almost understated, but full of personality. Drinking range: 2022 - 2050 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
Aromatic complexity on the nose with a Burgundian nuance. The palate is fresh, fragrant and caressing, then powerful tannins provide plenty of length and drive on the finish. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 92 James Lawther MW, decanter.com(Apr 2016)
The vineyard here is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and the wine reflects that. This is fermented in stainless steel, and will see élevage in 100% new oak. This has some fresh and rather floral fruit on the nose, with smoky dark-red cherry and blackcurrant fruit, with a little gravelly, perfumed freshness. A very poised, elegant stance to the palate, very fresh and bright, with a delightfully pure delineation of fruit at its core, leaning more towards red plum and cherry for its fruit, spiced with liquorice and a touch of bitter cigar leaf, with a convincing seam of ripe tannins beneath. Fresh, quite chewy in terms of structure towards the end, with a broad, firm grip, a lifted tannic finish. Good potential here. Tasted twice. Rating: 15.5-16.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
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, Château l’Eglise Clinet and Clos l’Eglise. In fact, l’Eglise Clinet and Clos l’Eglise, 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. Clos l’Eglise’s rise to prominence has been rapid, dating from the purchase of the estate in 1997 by Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard who already owned a couple of châteaux in Pessac-Léognan and whose brother is the owner of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. The €12mil. price tag turned heads at the time although, given the continued growth of interest in Pomerol, it now looks like Sylviane got herself a bargain. The 5.8ha of vineyard are planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and run by Sylvaine's daughter Hélene Garcin, who also runs the family's other properties, Haut Bergey, Branon, Poésia and Barde Haut. The consultant oenoligist since 2015 is Thomas Duclos. The wines are fermented in stainless steel, and aged 16 to 18 months in new barrels. There was a surprising amount of Cabernet Sauvignon at Clos l’Eglise when the family took over, all of which has been done away with. The Clos produces around 1200-1500 bottles per vintage.
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