2015 - Ch L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol
Colour
Red
Producer
Château l'Eglise-Clinet
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2045
Case size
6x75cl
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2015 CH L'EGLISE-CLINET POMEROL - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château l'Eglise-Clinet
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2045
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,396.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 93-95

    Smooth plummy fruit in this classic Pomerol blend (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) from Denis Durantou’s tiny flagship estate of just over 4 hectares. It certainly has firm tannins, linked together like fine chainmail. There is a sweet cranberry fruit core to this wine, and impressive length.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 95+

    The 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet has a classy pencil-shaving-tinged bouquet that combines beautifully with the black fruit, truffle and smoke developing with time in the glass. There is some top notch Cabernet Franc here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, smooth and generous with a very pure finish that has a more velvety and plush texture than I observed 12 months earlier. I have encountered better showings but it will still turn around to develop into a formidable Pomerol. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2016,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, picked between 21-25 September at 41 hl/ha and matured in 70% new oak. Denis Durantou poured two samples for me. First from Darnajou barrel. Here, a very composed, effortless bouquet with extremely pure raspberry coulis, strawberry, almost confit-like scents that display ethereal delineation. This is not a powerful or intense bouquet, rather one that is sophisticated and refined, bunches of violet emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, crisp acidity, mineral-rich and tensile. There is tangible energy and refinement on the finish that lingers long and tenderly in the mouth, a wine constantly having something more to say. The second came from Demptos barrel. This was deeper on the nose, showing a touch more fruit, slightly higher toned. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, structured in the mouth, perhaps the barrel impressing its character more on the wine than the Darnajou. Together, they should combine to create a quite magical 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2016,
    Score: 95-97

    Denis Durantou's 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet is magnificent. A wine that has it all, the 2015 is vertical, dense and also remarkably translucent, all at the same time. The purity, freshness and energy of the 2015 is remarkable and yet the wine has immense depth. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2015 carries considerable tannic heft. In 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet is a wine of stature and true pedigree. The 2015 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought in between September 21 and 25. Don't miss it.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2018,
    Score: 98+

    Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 L'Eglise Clinet comes bursting out of the glass with a gorgeous perfume of exotic spices and potpourri over a core of blueberry compote, red currant jelly, spiced black plums and mulberries with touches of unsmoked cigars, powdered cinnamon and licorice. Big, rich and full-bodied, the palate offers exquisite harmony, packed with exotic spice and red and black fruit layers, finishing on an epically long-lasting mineral note. In an understated word: WOW.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 98-99

    Lively and energized. Full body, intense and dense tannins. Great wine. Goes on for minutes. Such focus and clarity.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 95

    Only 4.2ha. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Seductive fruit and aroma. Inhabitual fragrance at the en primeur stage. Floral, berry fruit and chocolate notes. Voluptuous fruit hides the power of ripe tannins behind. Firmness and persistence on the finish. Both solid and seductive. Great potential.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 18.5++

    (90 Merlot, 10 Cabernet Franc) | 70% new oak. | 14.5% alc. Denis Durantou served two samples of this wine – one freshly drawn and the other four days old. He explained that they both show different aspects of his wine and he is absolutely right. 1: Immense power and dynamism with stunning perfume and drying tannins bookending a dense, briary core. 2: More concentration on the mid-palate showing depth and profound, earthy bass notes. Combining both samples together, this is a massive wine with muscle, regal tannins and the finish is immense.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 17+

    Quite soft. Perfumed - floral and possibly violet. Easy and friendly. Quite gentle tannins. Very sweet and round. 14.6% alcohol is not evident. An unexpectedly mild, well-mannered wine. Undramatic. Looks almost modest at this point. Drink 2023-2035

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2016,
    Score: 95

    The clay-based soils gave this wine a remarkable density and concentration in 2015. It’s a smooth, opulent wine with dense tannins, plenty of supporting oak and layer upon layer of fruit underscored by a minerally freshness. Lovely, ageworthy Pomerol. Drink: 2022-35

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2016,
    Score: 94-97

    Very restrained and graceful now, this has serious cut and persistence to the blood orange, bitter cherry and plum fruit flavors. Shows a minerally edge through the finish, with ample flesh that should expand a bit more with the élevage. Fresh and long.

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Producer

Château l'Eglise-Clinet

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.

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.