|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
The 2016 Clos du Clocher is a blend of 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc, picked 10-17 October at 44 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 65% new oak. This includes some vinification intégrale. It has a very clean and precise bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry and cold stone aromas, the oak beautifully integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, with an edginess from start to finish, and saline vein that becomes more evident towards the finish. I love the focus, the intent of this Clos du Clocher, never compromising one iota of finesse from start to finish. Being located smack bang on the plateau has really yielded dividends for this Pomerol and it should age with style over 20, maybe 30 years. Drinking range: 2022 - 2050 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Clos du Clocher is bold in style. Black cherry, plum, licorice, sweet spices and new oak flesh out in the glass. Racy and succulent to the core, Clos du Clocher captures all the radiance of the vintage in its flamboyant personality. This is a dense, opulent style and yet the 2013 has fabulous staying power. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
A lovely vibrant purple, the Cabernet Franc really comes through very strongly, with an impression of tight cassis, blackberry leaf, tobacco, curling woodsmoke and violet. Beautifully precise and focussed, I love the fresh seam running through it. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040 Drinking range: 2027 - 2040 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (Apr 2017)
Clos du Clocher
A property in three plots on the plateau of Pomerol, about 4.6 hectares, a mixture of clay, gravel and sandy soils, planted with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in about 60% new wood and production is around 2000 cases per annum. A new chai was created in 2010, and quality has leapt forward here.
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