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Chateau L'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol 2007
Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%
Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, licorice, mocha and a whiff of sweet butter on the nose. Wonderfully intense and juicy, with sappy flavors of dark berries, violet and minerals. Combines lovely sweetness with terrific verve. Perhaps best today on the broad, sweet, impressively long finish, which features very fine-grained tannins. Not the richest or most powerful version of this wine, but a beauty - Vinous 92pts
One of the top estates in Pomerol. The 4.4 hectare vineyard is planted to 85% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc (plus 1% Malbec normally not used in the blend). The portion of old vine Cabernet Franc (up to 85 years of age) is an important component of what makes this wine unique. Those vines, and the rich clay soils are a large part of what separates the style and aromatic complexity of L�Eglise Clinet from the most of the other top Pomerol wines.Aged in 50%-80% new French oak barrels for 15-18 months. On average, the property produces between 1,000 and 1,500 cases every year.
Wine Advocate 94pts (2007) - Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 L'Eglise Clinet has long been a strong performer. Here, at a decade old, it offers gorgeous aromas of redcurrant, crushed strawberry, tar and truffle, a discrete mineralit� that only surfaces with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with superb acidity, impressive cohesion and outstanding structure (for a 2007) towards the finish. It is brimming with sophistication, class and character�one of the standout Pomerols of the vintage. Tasted February 2017.