- Château l'Eglise-Clinet
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2020 - 2045
- Case size
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Goedhuis, May 2007,
We have one word for his 2006. Delicious. Dénis has the Midas touch in this vintage churning outone glorious wine after another.We have never seen him in better form while tasting, and we wereeven wowed by his impeccable English, a skill that we have never seen him use. An exceptionalvintage indeed! He rates his 2006s as better than his 2003s, 2002s, 2004s and probably his 2001s.After tasting his 2006 Eglise Clinet, we can see why. Silky, yet powerful, restrained and soulful, it has exemplary texture and structure yet roundness and depth. Very dignified, very Pomerol. Unfortunately for us, he made 1/3 less wine in 2006 as he only used grapes produced from his ownvineyards saying that "other grape growers are just not serious enough."
Neal Martin, May 2016,
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château L'Eglise-Clinet has a killer bouquet: intense black and red fruit, crushed rose petals, a touch of potters wheel and dried herbs. It possesses one of the classiest aromatics in the Pomerol appellation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, dense dark berry fruit laced with black tea, dried herbs and a touch of juniper, gently building towards a lightly spiced, dense finish with impressive substance. This is a long-term Pomerol that needs another 3-4 years in bottle. Tasted January 2016.
Robert Parker, February 2009,
One of the greatest wines of the vintage is, not surprisingly, from proprietor Denis Durantou. A remarkable effort in every sense, the 2006 l'Eglise Clinet is not far off the quality of theprodigious 2005. Its inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by a powerful nose of mocha, caramelized red and black fruits, smoke, graphite, and truffle. Massive and rich with full-bodied power, excellent focus and definition, and moderately high tannin, this is an "outlier" for the vintage (as Malcolm Gladwell would say) with unbelievable length and richness. Unfortunately, patience will be essential as it needs a minimum of 5-6 years of cellaring. It will age effortlessly for three decades. Drink: 2014 - 2044
Robert Parker, May 2007,
Potentially the wine of the vintage, proprietor Denis Durantou has fashioned a profound 2006 of great intensity and complexity. Its intense purple hue is accompanied by a glorious nose of melted red and black fruits, spring flowers, truffles, and spice. With massive concentration as well as intensity, but no hard edges, it is a tour de force in winemaking. Multilayered, with incredibly texture and purity as well as a finish that lasts over 60 seconds, this brilliant Pomerol should be accessible in 3-4 years, and last for three decades or more. Bravo! Drink: 2010 - 2037
Jancis Robinson, May 2007,
16,200 bottles produced. Picked the young vines 15 September and the older ones on the 18th. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. 13.8-14%. The cooler August helped to retain freshness. According to Denis Durantou, it's impossible to liken this vintage to another. ‘We like our 2006but it is not like 2005 or any other vintage.' Exceptionally dark crimson. Very fresh and toasty on the nose and then tight and a little dry but very correct. Fine and tense and very focussed. Lift and yet very concentrated short focus. A very nervy racehorse of a wine.
Wine Spectator, 2007 (Web),
Balanced and harmonious for the vintage. Full-bodied, with a very good core of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Excellent winemaking by the gifted Denis Durantou. -JS
The most famous of the Pomerol "Clinets", L'Eglise Clinet has been run by the Durantou family for 5 generations. It was the wonderful Denis Durantou who catapulted this château skywards when he took over in 1983. He very sadly died in 2020, but he leaves behind him an incredible legacy. This tiny flagship estate, now considered one of the superstars of Pomerol, is just over 4 hectares in size and is in the very capable hands of two of Denis' daughters, Noémie and Constance, who continue to manage the property and build on their father's brilliant winemaking.
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.