The name Denis Durantou will forevermore be linked with Eglise Clinet. From 1983 to 2020 he revitalised this historic estate, elevating it to an elite group of Pomerols. Produced from 4.5 hectares on gravel and clay soils around the church, these wines are amongst the most profound and age worthy in Bordeaux. Denis’ brilliance was most was perhaps most evident in challenging vintages. When his neighbours struggled, he excelled, even in vintages like 2013! Following Denis’ untimely death in 2020, his daughters, Noëmie and Constance have continued the Durantou dynasty. Their first forays have been exceptional, which all bodes well for the future. It is also worth mentioning the excellent second label, La Petite Eglise, produced from a 1.5-hectare vineyard on sandier soils. This is something of an oxymoron – a genuinely good value Pomerol!