Petite Eglise (2nd label of Eglise Clinet) 2016

Pomerol, Second wine

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 La Petite Eglise has a lovely bouquet of wilted violet petals and incense flanking blackberry and raspberry scents. With aeration, there is just a hint of balsamic. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. This feels fresh from start to finish. A fine-boned, precise Pomerol that delivers impressive closing precision. Excellent.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2022-2040 01 August 2020

The 2016 La Petite Eglise was picked on October 5 and matured in 50% new oak. It has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis and rose petal aromas; more sous-bois elements emerge with time in the glass. The fresh palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and hints of oyster shell toward the persistent finish. I like the symmetry here. A wonderful La Petite Eglise that will give 10 years of pleasure, possibly more.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2022-2035 01 January 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.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2020-2034 28 April 2017

Extremely floral aromas, as well as dark berries, blueberries, black truffle and subtle, wet earth. Full-bodied and refined with ultra-fine tannins. Crushed stone. Caressing finish. Second wine of of L'Église Clinet and always from the same two parcels of vineyards. Drink after 2023.

Score: 95

James Suckling, Maturity: 2023+ 21 January 2019

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.

Score: 94 - 95

James Suckling, 04 April 2017

The 2016 La Petite Eglise is bright and beautifully lifted, with striking floral and citrus notes that lend an extra kick of brightness to the Merlot fruit. In 2016, La Petite Eglise is fresh, aromatically nuanced and absolutely impeccable in its overall balance, all of which make it a real joy to taste today. Denis Durantou gave the 2016 12 months in barrel, with about 50% new oak.

Score: 93

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2021-2031 01 January 2019

The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 La Petite Eglise features beautiful black cherries, mulberries and warm black plums scents with touches of underbrush, cigar box and fragrant soil. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with complex, intense black and red fruit layers with tons of savory sparks coming through on the long, plushly textured finish.

Score: 93

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2020-2033 30 November 2018

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.

Score: 94

Decanter, - Maturity: 2024-2040 21 April 2017

100% Merlot from the sandy soils. This is inteensely fruited with damsons, black cherry and liquorice. The tannins are supple and ripe with impressive weight and notes of dark chocolate on the finish.

Score: 93 - 95

Albany Vintners, - 19 April 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.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2023-2031 12 April 2017