Bordeaux 2017: Cheval Blanc and L’Eglise Clinet

Bordeaux 2017: Cheval Blanc and L’Eglise Clinet
As the campaign draws towards its finale, it’s easy to become a little blasé about the big names. VCC, Cheval Blanc and L’Eglise Clinet in one day – no problem… Who are we kidding, these are three of the most spectacular chateaux in Bordeaux – all well and truly on top of their games.

The Cheval team, headed up by Pierre-Olivier Clouet and Arnaud de Laforcade keeps on hitting it out of the park. The vineyards were ravaged by frost, but there were absolutely no compromises, there’s an almost bloody-minded obsession to make extraordinary wines. We love the style; the precision, the elegance, the detail, the texture of the tannins – this has to be one of the most refined wines in all of Bordeaux.

Across the border in Pomerol, Denis Durantou has another potential wine of the vintage on his hands. Bestowed with lofty scores and high praise from the big critics, L’Eglise Clinet is one of the most profound and grandest wines of the vintage. We also have a small allocation of the wonderful second label, Petite Eglise. This is always one of, if not the very best value wines from this prestigious appellation.

L’Eglise Clinet 2017
“The 2017 L’Eglise-Clinet was picked between 12 and 22 September, the Cabernet Franc coming in on the last day. Nothing was touched by the frost. It is matured in 70% new oak. Denis Durantou did not specify the exact quantity produced, “Just enough for my friends” according to his spec sheet! The bouquet is very succinct, perhaps more open than either the 2015 or 2016 at this early stage, extraordinarily pure with blackberry, wild strawberry, smoke and truffle. It just gets better and better as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, linear and focused, very fresh with pointed acidity. This is full of tension and poise, a touch of graphite emerging towards the finish that lingers in the mouth with superb salinité at the end. It completes a triumvirate for Denis Durantou after the 2015 and 2016s. Drink 2024 - 2050. 95-97/100” - Neal Martin, vinous.com