Posts with the label "eglise clinet"


Bordeaux 2015: Beauties and the Beast

Bordeaux 2015: Beauties and the Beast

Saturday 10th March 2018
by Tom Jenkins

Not even the ‘Beast from the East’ could dampen spirits at our annual Bordeaux tasting. Our stoic growers packed their finest winter woollies and put on another great show.

The Royal Society of Chemistry in Burlington House played host for the 2015s, and for those, and there were many, who braved the snow, were treated to a spectacular selection from this luxurious vintage. There were star wines wherever you looked, the sumptuous Calon Segur proved that those who wrote off St Estephe were a little hasty – this was packed with charming sweet fruit and rippled with muscle. Domaine de Chevalier was gloriously decadent and polished, the Mouton brace of d’Armailhac and Clerc Milon were a sheer joy, brimming with lavish fruit, they are glorious expressions of this vintage.

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2014 - Day one, what a difference a month makes

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2014 - Day one, what a difference a month makes

Monday 30th March 2015
by Tom Jenkins

If you’d visited one of the many Chateaux in Bordeaux last August, you would have been greeted by despondent propriétaires and vignerons. 

After a promising spring and relatively uniform flowering, hopes were high. Then June was hot and dry; Baptiste Guinaudeau reported average temperatures at Lafleur a full three degrees higher than in 2005 - more cause for optimism. However, as the last few years have proved, this is a marginal region and a period of cool, dull weather gripped Bordeaux. It was not especially wet, but there was a distinct lack of sunshine and what had promised to be an early harvest had to be revised… By mid-August wine-makers’ moods had most likely turned from frustration to despair, but as is so often the case, an Indian summer rode to their rescue. Two months of perfect conditions ensued. Warm days, cool nights and plenty of breeze turned things around, ripening and concentrating fruit. The meteo remained fine, allowing estates to wait for optimum ripeness and pick the perfect moment to deploy their harvesters.

Tasting Bordeaux 2010 at Southwold

Tasting Bordeaux 2010 at Southwold

Tuesday 28th January 2014
by Tom Jenkins

Last week the great and the good of the wine trade (and yours truly) descended upon the picturesque seaside town of Southwold to re-examine the 2010 Bordeaux vintage. 

It resembled something of an MW convention – if anyone knows the collective noun for a group of Masters of Wine, send your answers on postcards… As ever, it was an honour indeed to taste in such illustrious company.

There was an enormous sense of anticipation; after all, this is the British wine trade’s favourite vintage, so expectations were exceptionally high. With this sort of reputation, it is unsurprising that the wines didn’t quite live up to their billing, but that is by no means a put down or for that matter a reason to quell our enthusiasm.
A memorable evening with Denis Durantou

A memorable evening with Denis Durantou

Wednesday 18th September 2013
by Tom Jenkins

Last night, we were privileged to welcome Denis Durantou to our St James's Street office. Denis generously provided nine magnums of his flagship wine, Eglise Clinet for our guests to drink - and drink we did - spitting was definitely not on anyone's agenda!

Denis explained that we would taste three flights each representing specific and important periods during the development of Eglise Clinet. After the devastating frosts of '56, much of Pomerol was re-planted, although there was not the same care and attention as to the choice of clones that we see today. As a result, Denis has undertaken a massive re-planting exercise during his tenure. The oldest flight ('88, '89 and '90) were produced from the vines planted in the 50s, the younger flights incorporate Denis' own plantings. The flights would paint the journey and progression of what is now one of the elite Pomerol estates.
Top of the Right Bank and Graves

Top of the Right Bank and Graves

Monday 22nd April 2013
by Tom Jenkins

Who should be topping our chart of Pessac Leognan, Pomerol and St Emilion; well it's Monsieur Durantou of course. 

Fresh off the back of La Chenade's victory in the hotly contested 'Best Value' category, Denis is back on top of the charts with his legendary Eglise Clinet. On his heals is Francois Mitjavile with his excellent Tertre Roteboeuf, followed by Alexandre Thienpont's hugely impressive Vieux Chateau Certan.

Special mention should go to Florence and Daniel Cathiard's Smith Haut Lafitte and Olivier Bernard's Domaine de Chevalier. These two really caught our eye and should offer terrific value for money.
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