- Château l'Eglise-Clinet
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2027 - 2050
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, April 2022,
The 2021 L'Eglise-Clinet was picked September 27–29, a rapid harvest within three days; winemaker Noëmie Durantou told me she wanted to beat the forecasted rain that would have diluted the fruit. Raised in 75% new oak, this has a less concentrated, mineral-driven bouquet that bides its time, offering nuanced pine cone scents with aeration. The palate is clearly built around elegance, with its finely chiseled tannins and wonderful crushed stone notes. Perhaps a more streamlined l'Eglise-Clinet, showing wonderful precision. This Pomerol never tries to outdo its limitations or ape previous vintages, lending it an intangible sense of honesty. Beautiful. (14.0% alcohol). Drink 2029 - 2060
Wine Advocate, April 2022,
A deep, serious wine, the 2021 L'Eglise Clinet unwinds in the glass with notions of wild berries and plums mingled with dark chocolate, sweet loamy soil, warm spices, violets and black truffle. Full-bodied, concentrated and muscular, it's rich and layered, with a concentrated core of fruit, lively acids and plenty of ripe, powdery tannin that nods to its origins in a sector of Pomerol capable of producing some of the appellation's most structured, long-lived wines. It's a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
The 2021 L'Eglise-Clinet is a spherical, sensual Pomerol of uncommon depth and intensity. Racy and voluptuous, with terrific depth, the 2021 is striking. Crème de cassis, chocolate, new leather, spice, menthol and licorice all build as the 2021 opens in the glass. The combination of power and finesse is remarkable. I especially admire the energy and focus in the 2021. This is the first vintage that includes a parcel of Cabernet Franc that was previously used for the Petite Eglise. Drink 2031-2061
Goedhuis, April 2022,
Noëmie Durantou has taken the pressure of succeeding her much loved and hugely talented father Denis totally in her stride. He would be rightly proud as the Durantou stable of wines have all excelled in 2021. A blend of 75% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc aged in 75% new oak gives flavours of dark chocolate, black olive and spiced oak. Composed, poised and refined, the sumptuously rich berry fruits unfurl and build in the palate. Deliciously vibrant, this is quite fabulous.
Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
Deep ruby in color, roses, truffles, chocolate, clay and a touch of mint are easy to find in the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, bright, elevated, crisp and with a chalky edge to the finish, you also find fresh, sweet plums, cocoa-dusted cherries and a bit of chocolate covered orange rind in the endnote. From a blend of 85% % Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, 14% ABV, the harvest took place September 27-September 29. It is great to see continuing strong wines from the Durantou family. Drink from 2025-2050.
Jane Anson, April 2022,
Rich and precise on the nose, and here you see why austerity in tannic structure can be a rather beautiful attribute - carved, careful, precise, coming through as energy and potential rather than forbidding. Not as dense as the 2018 or 2019, think instead of the intellectual 2017 but with more depth to the tannins. Blueberry, bilberry, loganberry, violet flowers, slate, earth, mandarin zest and incense. Harvest September 27 to 29, no chaptilisation, 75% new oak.
Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
This is a very exciting L’Eglise Clinet with every element of La Petit Eglise’s armoury but with more volume, more richesse, slightly more structure, and infinite detail. The perfume is sensational and exotic and very real - like walking down a country lane in the autumn with your senses on red alert. The oak acidity and tannin are all perfectly entwined, but they take a back seat allowing the splendid fruit to shine. This thrilling wine is one of the most expressive and refined vintages from this brilliant label. Noëmie Durantou Reilhac mentioned that she found the calmness of going into a church in this wine. I think that this is an atmospheric image, as long as this moment coincided with a full peeling of bells coming to a dramatic stop. The cacophony and subsequent silence, with the aerial vibrations diminishing above the congregation, was akin to what was happening above my body after I tasted this wine.
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.