70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this Hélène Garcin-Lévêque property is adjacent to Eglise Clinet and has a typical Pomerol plateau terroir of clay and gravel. Michel Rolland & Alain Raynaud are responsible for the winemaking. The style from this 6 hectare estate is big and modern, but there is something very impressive and muscular about these wines and it will be fascinating to see how they evolve. Aromatic and floral with notes of high toned berries, liquorice, cut herbs and minerals. The palate is packed with dark berry fruit, with notes of dark chocolate, raisins and decadent liqueur fruit. A heady, expansive and powerful Pomerol with a big tannic structure and refreshing acidity.
There are just 6 hectares of vines at Clos L’Eglise planted with 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc on clay and gravel soils. Helene Garcin-Leveque has invested heavily in this estate. With such exceptional terroir it is probably only a matter of time before this 1250 case cuvee becomes one of the superstars of the commune.
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