2005 - Ch L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol
Colour
Red
Producer
Château l'Eglise-Clinet
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2018 - 2045
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH L'EGLISE-CLINET POMEROL - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château l'Eglise-Clinet
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2018 - 2045
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £4,712.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2006,
    Score: 93-96+

    Collectors of this château will not be disappointed by his 2005. A blockbuster, it is one of the deepest coloured Pomerols that we tasted. It is wonderfully balanced between modern and traditional winemaking giving it plenty of ripeness yet allowing the terroir to shine through. Fabulous. Drink 2012-2025+.

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 100

    Among the most saturated in color of all the 2005 Pomerols (which is saying something), this wine has a spectacular nose of licorice, mulberry, blackberry and sweet blue fruits. The new oak is completely hidden, the wine full-bodied, multi-layered and just stunning. The purity, richness and skyscraper-like mouthfeel are incredible. Give it another 5-10 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years. Drink 2020-2060

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 100

    A sensational effort from proprietor Denis Durantou, this 2005 is a compelling wine, but purchasers should wait at least a decade to begin the magical liquid tour. One of the monumental wines of the vintage, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a glorious perfume of caramelized blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, a hint of toast in the backward, fully integrated oak, full body, and exceptional density and richness. Prodigiously concentrated, this layered, broad Pomerol reveals a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood. It is a massive, yet remarkably elegant wine that is as singular as it is exhilarating. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 96-100

    Along with Petrus, l'Eglise-Clinet is the superstar of Pomerol in 2005. Proprietor Denis Durantouhas produced one of this estate's most monumental wines. Adding weight and richness since lastyear, this inky/purple-colored effort offers up a phenomenal bouquet of melted tar, truffle oil, black cherry liqueur, blackberries, caramel, and espresso roast. Powerful, full-bodied, amazingly rich, huge, and dense flavors are accompanied by a boatload of sweet tannin and glycerin. This wine will need considerable bottle age before it reaches full maturity, and it should last for 3-4 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035+.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 96-98

    A spectacular offering from proprietor Denis Durantou, the 2005 ranks alongside the 2000 and 1998 lEglise-Clinets. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuous bouquet of violets, melted licorice, creosote, black cherries, blackberries, and espresso. Boasting super intensity, huge, full-bodied opulence and power, and plenty of sweet tannin and glycerin, I would not be surprised to see this 2005 shut down after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2035.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 06,
    Score: 18

    1st sample: Dark, bright purple. Rich, round, rather cool and long term - fine and refined. Much less opulent than I would have expected.2nd sample: Rich, velvety, cool and slightly gassy. More than 14 per cent alcohol. Quite different from 2003!! Drink 2016-29.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 95-100

    Subtle and fascinating with gorgeous floral and fruity aromas that follow through to a sold palate, with full body, ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. This has class and complexity.

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Producer

Château l'Eglise-Clinet

Tasting with Dénis Durantou is always a visual feast. Not only do we get to savour a range of greatwines, but we also normally get to view one of the Right Bank's most striking art collections,painted by Dénis' wife. But sadly they were on loan to an exhibition. The most famous of thePomerol "Clinets", L'Eglise Clinet has been run by Dénis since 1983 whose brilliant winemaking hascatapulted this château skywards.

Region

Pomerol

The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.