- Château l'Eglise-Clinet
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2020 - 2032
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, April 2013,
Another 100% Merlot wine from Denis Durantou and what a stunner with its appealing chocolate and mocha aromas. In the palate it is full and rich with a layered texture of sweet fruits. A very giving style, rich, full and very moreish.
Neal Martin, April 2013,
The second wine from Denis Durantou is pure Merlot from gravel soils that was picked from 6th until the 8th October and there is less volume than last year. The bouquet is certainly more bashful than the 2011 - like the Montlandrie, you must coax the aromas from the glass: wild hedgerow, black fruit and even a touch of cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple core of pure red berry fruit mingling with minerals - a stony character to this wine - very expressive and animated. The finish is refined and displays superb length for a second wine. If I taste a better value Right Bank wine, I would be astonished.
Jancis Robinson, April 2013,
100% Merlot on gravel, 50% new oak; volume down on last year. Darkest crimson with opaque core. Sweet red cherry. Much sweeter and more red-fruited than the Montlandrie. Juicier too and fruit forward. Papery texture. Juicy fruit escapes around the dry tannins like a river round the rocks. (JH) Drink 2016-2023
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.