Great presence on the palate, fabulous purity and a long finish make for a magnificent bottle of wine to drink. Along with Petrus, the 2012 l'Eglise Clinet is the potential wine of the vintage. An amazing tour de force in winemaking. (Wine Advocate)
Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%.
Neil Martin, Vinous, July 2019. 95pts: This is one of my favorite recent vintages. It is so vivacious and well defined on the disarming nose with pretty red cherry and strawberry aromas, crushed stone, smoke and wilted rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, endowed with a sense of exuberance that the 2013 could only dream of. I admire the precision and tension interwoven through this l’Eglise-Clinet and the manner in which it fans out on the succulent finish. This is a Pomerol that just wants to go out and give pleasure.
Chateau L’Eglise Clinet has a long history in the Pomerol appellation, dating all the way back to 1803 and famously occupying the plot bordering the Church at Paomerol. However, for most of it's history, it produced modest wines. All that changed when the late, great Denis Durantou took charge of the estate in 1983. Although the estate had been owned by his family for generations, he inherited a rather tired and run-down property. But he energetically set out to improve it, and it was his 1985 vintage which set toungues wagging and set the estate on the path to Cult Status that it enjoys today.
The terroir of Chateau L’Eglise Clinet is deep clay and gravel soils without excess water, thanks to the century-old drainage network and natural slopes which rise to 29 meters at their peak. On average, the vines have an impressive 40 years of age. But because a good portion of the Chateau L’Eglise Clinet vineyard was spared from the frost of 1956, the estate has exceptionally old Cabernet Franc vines that date back to the 1930’s.
Today Chateau L'Eglise Clinet is one of the true stars of Pomero, producing concentrated, full bodied, opulent and rich wines.