Chateau L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France 2016

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"Simply put, this is one of the best L'Eglise-Clinet wines I have tasted in recent years. Stunning." Neal Martin

Total £275.00
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Grape Blend Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%
Optimum Drinking 2020-2055
Winemaker Denis Durantou
Organic No
Reviewer Score 98
SKU 103398

Château L'Eglise Clinet 2016 is, yet again, one of the finest wines of a great Bordeaux vintage, and was purchased in its original wooden cases.

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.

"Lucid in color, it has a quintessential L'Eglise-Clinet bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis, liquid minerals and hints of iris and incense. The palate is very precise and crisp, some of the finest tannins that you will encounter in Pomerol, tensile right from the beginning, taut and linear with immense precision towards the extended mineral-soaked finish. This is nothing less than a brilliant wine from Denis Durantou, undoubtedly one of the stars of the vintage."

"Crystal clear in color, it has an equally crystal clear bouquet that is utterly seductive, featuring red cherries, wild strawberry, peony and iris flowers and a hint of bay leaf. You could sit and nose this all day. The balanced palate is medium-bodied and grippy in the mouth, displaying supple tannin and a perfect line of acidity. Again, there is a symmetry about this Pomerol that is utterly beguiling, and the persistence is up there with the very best. Simply put, this is one of the best L'Eglise-Clinet wines I have tasted in recent years. Stunning." Neal Martin

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