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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château L'Eglise Clinet

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

Pomerol

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet Franc

Château L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol, 2020

Tasting Note:

This is the first vintage since the untimely death of the Denis Durantou. His daughters, Noémie and Constance have taken the reins, ably assisted by Denis’ long standing collaborator Olivier Gautrat. Noémie sums up the vintage as “Green buds in February, constant rain in spring, the aridity of summer and a mid-September harvest: wine of freshness and brightness, like a dense and colorful garden, vivacity, fruits and flowers in the rain.” Her first full vintage in charge has been a huge success. The 2020 Eglise Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot was picked between the 11th and the 14th of September and the Cabernet Franc was picked on the 16th September. Initially quite closed, this requires aeration, then slowly aromas of blood orange, eucalyptus, flowers, loganberries, clove, sweet damsons emerge. This feels refined and controlled, one might expect an exuberant Eglise Clinet from such a warm dry vintage, however, this is cerebral and quite introverted. The palate is deep and brooding, tightly wound, with dark brooding crème de mûre interspersed with bright starry notes; lovely detail and energy to the gloriously textured, concentrated, taut fruit. The tannic profile is authoritative, exuding class with flecks of scintillating minerals, floral cherry, dark cocoa nibs, and a hint of mocha. We returned to this some hours later and the palate had filled out with expressive, gorgeously textured fruit. Superb!

"Noémie Durantou has taken over from her late father Denis with this vintage, and has produced a L'Eglise Clinet that is dark ruby in colour, and needs time in the glass as it is built and muscular. You need a little patience for the cassis, bilberry and raspberry fruits to arrange, enjoy instead the silky, velvety texture that stops the tannins being too restrictive and allows the palate to slowly expand. Not as expressive as in some vintages, but still exudes quiet confidence. A yield of 42hl/ha. Harvest from September 8." 96/100 - Janes Anson, Decanter.com

"The 2020 L'Eglise Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot was picked between the 11th and the 14th of September, and the Cabernet Franc was picked on the 16th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.4% and is aging in French oak barrels, 80% new. Displaying and opaque purple-black color, it needs a bit of swirling to reveal a fascinating array of earthy notes—black truffles, charcoal, mossy tree bark and fallen leaves—over a profound core of preserved plums, blackberry preserves and violets, with a waft of tapenade. The medium to full-bodied palate has exquisitely ripe tannins and bold freshness supporting the seductively ripe, black fruit layers, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note." 97-99/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

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