|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
100% Merlot. Bright ruby. A softer and more open style than Montlandrie, tasted before it. It's a specific terroir, on the gravelly part of the Église Clinet property. Juicy, open knot, lots of flesh. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The second wine of the estate is the 2016 Petite Eglise, which is always 100% Merlot from the more gravelly parts of the vineyard. This is a beautiful 2016 that shows the house style in its ground herbs, tobacco, gravelly, earthy minerality, and sweet black cherry fruit. This medium to full-bodied, rounded, fleshy beauty is ideal for drinking over the coming 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Feb 2019)
The 2016 La Petite Eglise is pure Merlot as usual that was picked on 5 October this year and matured in 50% new oak. It is a small production of just 700 cases. It has a pure and elegant bouquet with a hint of oyster shell infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, bright redcurrant and cranberry notes and fine acidity, tender and refined towards the finish. This is another beautiful La Petite Eglise from Denis Durantou. Drinking range: 2020 - 2034 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2017)
Special plots, always the same each year. 100% Merlot picked 5 October (after Église-Clinet was picked). 50% new oak. 700 cases. Super-juicy and so much flesh it almost covers the structure. Sweet ink. Lovely stuff. Just falls away a little bit on the end. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2017)
Firm and linear wine with blackberry, violet and berry character. Medium-to full-bodied second wine of L'Église Clinet and it’s silky and refined while showing power and length. Beautiful tannins. Pure merlot. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2017)
This has the power of Pomerol Merlot combined with an elegant flood of tannins. The stunning purity of Durantou wines is always striking, and they really do suit the freshness of the 2016 vintage. Here the tannins are making an impression on the close of play, but they never stand in the way of the freshness and juice of these cassis fruits. Just so elegant. 100% Merlot, picked on 5th October, aged in 50% new oak. 41hl/ha. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2017)
The 2016 La Petite Eglise is a delicious second wine from Denis Durantou's L'Eglise-Clinet. Succulent dark cherry, lavender, cloves and menthol are all fused together. Sexy and racy in the glass, with tons of aromatic nuance and mid-palate unctuousness, the Petite Eglise is a terrific introduction to the house style. Readers who can find it should not hesitate. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)
This vineyard-based selection from Denis Durantou is a notable success in 2016, showing plum and damson flavours, rich, compact, concentrated tannins, serious oak and, wafting above the whole thing like a fluttering angel, scents of violet and liquorice. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2017)
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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