Château L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol, 2016

  Château L'Eglise Clinet

Denis' grand vin is exactly that, large-scale and profound, without being heavy or cumbersome. Far from it, it is seamless and taut with wonderful energy. Initially it is a bit reticent, but with aeration one can begin to inspect this deeply complex and staggeringly beautiful Eglise Clinet. Notes of stones, pebbles, complex minerals, fine cigar tobacco, cocoa nibs, pure wild plum and olallieberry. It continues to grow in the glass revealing new nuances and more sweetness of fruit and strawberry liqueur notes. There is a grace and sophistication here, as well as a purity that is so engaging, you just don't want to put the glass down. Make no mistake, this is seamless and elegant, and one is left with the sense of freshness and vitality, but this is a large-scale, impressive Eglise Clinet built for the long-term. A taut and very handsome Eglise Clinet. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château L'Eglise Clinet

Since 1983, Denis Durantou has been at the helm of this historic estate. He has quietly performed something of a revolution, introducing a host of innovations and bringing his wine-making philosophy to one of the greatest terroirs in Bordeaux. The 4.5 hectares used for the grand vin are situated next to the church in Pomerol on gravel and clay soils. A further 1.5 hectares of on sandy soils account for the excellent Petite Eglise.

Denis’ wines receive many accolades, all richly deserved. The grand vin is consistently amongst the best wines of the vintage; they are typically perfumed, nuanced and posses the structure to age gracefully for many decades.

Appellation: Pomerol

Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.

Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.