Château L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol, 2015

  Château L'Eglise Clinet

Denis fiche technique took a little swipe at some neighbours. His advice is simple and to the point. 'Hot and dry… (conditions in 2015) make a start when it suits you, and forget about whatever your neighbours are doing - or not doing. Getting your grapes into vat in good time is better than prolonged indecision and handwringing about when to pick, based on protracted, procrastinating tasting in the vineyard. By which time the grapes are too ripe. For good Bordeaux anyway!' This is actually a sentiment shared by many of the top growers we work with. Leaving grapes too long usually adds nothing, in fact it usually results in wines that lack vibrancy. Not something you could level at Denis. His whole range is brimming with life and energy, and none more so that his flagship, L'Eglise Clinet. This is initially brooding and introverted with more mineral aromas at first. After aeration fruit aromas of bilberry, mulberry, crème de mûre and sweet plum emerge with notes of gravel, roses and tobacco. This is really rather regal and smart, with a taut palate, precise flavours and glorious intensity. It is a large scale wine with layers of nuanced fruit. As one would expect from one of Denis' wines, there is a vibrant, energetic style; there is nothing flabby or dull here, it is refined, muscled, powerful and perfectly harmonious. A very grand L'Eglise Clinet produced from 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