Eglise Clinet 2011


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Tasting Notes

With a dense ruby/purple color is followed by a pure nose of mulberries, cherry liqueur and spring flowers, but no hint of oak, this full-bodied, opulent, rich beauty exhibits impressive purity, texture, richness and length. Not as structured or tannic as Trotanoy, it moves more in the direction of the opulence and flashy, showy fruit of Hosanna and Petrus. It should drink well for 15-20 years.

Score: 95

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2014-2034 01 April 2014

Another brilliant wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, the powerhouse 2011 l’Eglise Clinet is one of the most densely packed and stacked wines of Pomerol. Inky ruby/purple-colored with a classic bouquet of black currants, black cherries, crème caramel and vanillin, it reveals great fruit on the attack and mid-palate, medium to full body, lavish extraction, no bitterness, sweet, well-integrated tannins, and enough acidity for vibrancy and definition. It should be drinkable in 3-5 years and last for two decades or more.

Score: 92 - 95

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2015-2035 27 April 2012

Tasted at the property, Denis Durantou cannot really do wrong these days. The l’Eglise-Clinet 2011 was cropped between 12th and 15th September and the Cabernet Franc on 24th September, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc being aged in 80% new oak. The nose is very elegant bouquet once left to unfurl over 10 minutes. It offers dark cherry fruits with touches of cassis and minerals: all very refined and poised. The palate is very well balanced with great precision on the entry. The Merlot is very expressive this year. The tannins are supremely fine and the finish linear and strict, offering traces of briary and minerals. There is a lovely femininity and sense of drinkability about this harmonious l’Eglise-Clinet that should be a worthy follow-up to the heavenly 2010. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 30 April 2012

90% Merlot (12-15 September), 10% Cabernet Franc (24 September), 80% new oak. Lots of toasty oak on the nose. On top of ripe red plums, spicy too. Juicy fruit on the mid palate. Richer but still pretty dry overall. There's a slight bitterness from the oak char on the finish. Needs a lot of time. Very tight, closed and not wanting to make friends. (JH) (16.5++ Points)

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2018-2027 23 April 2012

Two samples: the first a touch oxidised and marked by oak; the second revealed the power, energy and density of this wine. A firm tannic frame underpins layers of rich, dark fruit. Possibly a 5-star wine down the line.

Score: 18

Decanter, Maturity: 2020-2040 16 April 2012

This is a step ahead of the pack, with concentration but gentle texture to the plum, cassis and linzer torte flavors, which are inlaid with black tea and singed fennel seed notes. Long and graceful through the finish, with latent depth.

Score: 91 - 94

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 11 April 2012

A balanced wine with lovely floral and berry character and hints of dark chocolate. Full body, with a creamy tannin structure and lovely length. Lively acidity.

Score: 92 - 93

James Suckling, 01 April 2012