Chateau L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France 2010

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"...loaded with fabulous raw materials...a profound effort...full-bodied, super-duper, concentrated, classic wine...everything in perfect proportions."

Total £350.00
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Grape Blend Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 50%
Optimum Drinking 2020-2060
Winemaker Denis Durantou
Organic No
Reviewer Score 96
SKU 102345
ABV 13.00%

Château l'Eglise Clinet 2010 is a stunning Pomerol - powerful and concentrated, yet an elegant and refined fine red wine.

Château l'Eglise Clinet is one of the least known of Pomerol estates due to its size, yet ranks amongst the finest red wine estates of Pomerol, and its vines produce typically fat, juicy Bordeaux wines of uncommon generosity.

The sadly now late winemaker Denis Durantou, who had made fine red wine here since 1982, brought l'Eglise Clinet to the pinnacle of Pomerol producers with consistently stunning wines, putting his entire soul into the estate. Denis was a passionate, jovial, down-to-earth winemaker and will be sorely missed across Bordeaux.

Gazing across Clinet's vines to the iconic Pomerol church, the château is set in absolute peace and tranquillity, and it is easy to see why Denis became so attached to this boutique estate on Pomerol's plateau.

"...loaded with fabulous raw materials. The 2010 is a profound effort, but it needs to be forgotten for at least a decade. This opaque purple wine offers up notes of caramelized black currant and black cherry candies intermixed with some very high class, subtle vanillin and toast. Hints of licorice, mocha and perhaps even a touch of chocolate are also present in this full-bodied, super-duper, concentrated, classic wine, which has everything in perfect proportions. But in the finish, its whoppingly big tannins kick in and basically announce that drinking this wine now would be infanticide."

"Wild, superripe nose combines dark raspberry, black olive, smoked meat, mocha and sexy oak. Hugely rich and sweet but structured too, offering outstanding depth to its flavors of berries, dark chocolate, espresso, graphite and underbrush. Finishes with huge but noble tannins and outstanding persistence. As rich and concentrated as this is, it somehow maintains a light touch. A great expression of merlot with the sheer strength of material and structure for a long life in bottle." Stephen Tanzer

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