Denis Durantou describes 2012 as a 'true oceanic classic'. He is clearly delighted with the quality, but yields are down some 25%. When we tried to establish why yields were down, Denis simply said that there were fewer berries on the vines. Not the technical explanation we were expecting, but reality... Produced from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet from the best clay and gravel terroirs at the estate, the 2012 Eglise Clinet has an altogether more profound and complex character to the Petite Eglise with complex mineral notes, dark plum liqueur, cigar leaf, graphite and high toned Morello cherries. This is so harmonious with Zen like poise and precision. Although this does not possess the same mass and sheer weight as the hugely impressive 2009 and 2010, this possesses graceful power with intense bitter sweet blood orange fruit, crème de mûre and a finish of shaved Valrhona chocolate and tobacco smoke. A sensational, gourmand wine.
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.
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