Petite Eglise (2nd label of Eglise Clinet) 2017

Pomerol, Second wine

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Tasting Notes

The 2017 La Petite Eglise is poweful and rich in the glass. Dark purplish berry fruit, charcoal, licorice, clove and lavender are some of the many nuances that infuse the 2017 with its distinctly somber personality. Unctuous and racy in feel, with superb density, the 2017 is a decidedly extroverted Pomerol. Tasting it from bottle, I have the same impression I did en primeur: it is easily better than many top bottlings.

Score: 93

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2022-2032 01 March 2020

The 2017 La Petite Eglise is wonderfully aromatic and dense. Charcoal embers, game, smoke, licorice and raspberry jam all develop in the glass, but it is the wine's structural feel that stands out most. The 2017 is silky, nuanced and exceptionally beautiful. La Petite Eglise is of course the second wine of L'Eglise Clinet, but if it were taken out of that context, it would compete quite favorably with many Grand Vins.

Score: 90 - 93

Antonio Galloni, 01 May 2018

The 2017 La Petite Eglise was picked from 12 to 22 September and matured in 50% new oak. It has a floral bouquet with touches of incense and lavender infusing the black fruit, nicely defined and surprisingly open for the vintage. The palate is very smooth on the entry with blood orange and a tang of marmalade infusing the black fruit. It threatens to become exotic, but then it becomes more linear towards the finish with touches of graphite on the aftertaste.

Score: 90

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2023-2030 01 September 2019

100% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 La Petite Eglise comes charging out of the glass with exuberant notes of crushed wild blueberries, vibrant cassis and violets with touches of fertile loam, garrigue and bay leaves. Medium-bodied with a wonderful energy of perfumed black fruits, it has a racy line and firm, fine-grained tannins, finishing long and fragrant.

Score: 90 - 92

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, 27 April 2018

Dark purplish crimson with black core. Elderberry fruit. Fragrant. A little wild in aroma, wild fruits. Incredibly silky, juicy and supple. Lovely and already nearly approachable. Mouth-wateirng and moreish.

Score: 16 - 17

Julia Harding MW, Maturity: 2022-2030 25 April 2018

An elegant second wine of L’Eglise Clinet with dark berries, spices and stones. Medium body and silky and polished tannins.

Score: 90 - 91

James Suckling, 03 April 2018

A lighter expression of Durantou's work, partly because this is a sandier soil planted to 100% Merlot, and partly due to the vintage. It has a real freshness and florality and will make for great drinking over the next few years. It's worth knowing that Durantou is about to pull up these vines (they were planted in the 1980s), so this will be the last vintage before production goes right down for the next five years or so. Thankfully there was a good yield of 41hl/ha. 50% new oak, picked 12-22 September.

Score: 89

Jane Anson, Maturity: 2023-2033 01 April 2018