La Petite Eglise, Pomerol , 2012

  Château L'Eglise Clinet

La Petite Eglise, the second wine from Denis Durantou's high flying Pomerol Estate, Eglise Clinet is usually over-subscribed en primeur and rarely finds its way back onto the secondary market. Collectors know that this is a serious wine that offers excellent value for money. Produced from the sandier, gravelly soils at the domaine and produced from 100% Merlot, it is not intended to be a baby Grand Vin; the character is completely different. Harvested between the 6th and 8th of October, with elevage in 50% new oak barrels, this is designed to be a lithe, early drinking, pure pleasure giver. This is ever so pretty: hints of wild flowers, boysenberries, mulberry, camphor, smoked apple wood, jasmine and Sanguinello orange delight the senses. The pallet is bitter sweet, packed with cranberries, very juicy, pure, svelte and mouth-watering. This is yet another harmonious, lively and thoroughly enjoyable Petite Eglise.

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.