|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
The 2020 Clos L'Eglise is outrageously vivid and hauntingly beautiful. Inky red fruit, wild flowers, mint and rose petal come alive in the glass, all framed by powerful yet well-balanced tannins. Although the 2020 is a young, structured wine, its balance is absolutely impeccable. I can't wait to taste it from bottle. It is a super showing from Hélène Garcin and Patrice Lévêque. Drinking range: 2035 - 2050 Rating: 95-97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)
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The 2020 Clos l’Eglise is backward and initially reticent on the nose, gaining its voice with aeration, the mixture of red and black fruit augmented by black truffle and incense aromas and later a hint of ground chalk. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and fine acidity, quite lithe and harmonious, revealing hints of truffle and almost ash-like notes toward the firm finish. It does not quite display the panache of its Saint-Émilion stablemate Barde-Haut, although it does have impressive grip and backbone, suggesting that it will require 5–7 years in the cellar. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)
Based on 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc raised in 70% new French oak, the 2020 Château Clos L'Eglise is a beauty that’s going to match the magical 2009 and 2016. Dense purple-hued, with stunning notes of black cherries, cassis, graphite, licorice, and crushed stone, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, classic Pomerol elegance and purity, and a great finish. This is a magical, concentrated, blockbuster of a wine that somehow stays and delicate and ethereal as they come. Don't miss it! Rating: 95-97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (May 2021)
Inky ruby colour, a muscular big-styled Pomerol which will win plenty of friends. Velvety tannins, great persistency, confident, contemporary and deftly walks the line between concentrated and nuanced. Drinking range: 2028 - 2040 Rating: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
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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