Château l'Église Clinet, Pomerol 2008Regular price €220.00
‘A smokier expression than most, this is hugely enjoyable and still intense in colour on its tenth birthday. Expect layers of juicy, succulent black cherry fruit…’
Jane Anson, Decanter, July 2018
Pomerol is a relatively featureless gravel bank of eight hundred hectares with only a church as a landmark, the surrounding houses set among the vines. Seven times smaller than its famous neighbour Saint-Émilion, from which it was granted separate AOC status in 1923, it is now considered one of the most prestigious of the Bordeaux appellations.
Denis Durantou took over the Église Clinet estate in 1983, and has raised his acquisition to celebrity status with a series of impressive vintages.
This rich red has expressive, engaging and complex aromas, with the concentration and poise in the mouth that marks out a superior wine. A high proportion of Merlot gives an opulence and fullness counterpointed by the more herbal, earthy qualities of the Cabernet Franc in the blend. It's a wine that will keep easily until 2030 and beyond, but if you can contain your impatience till 2020 you can open it then to enjoy it as it begins its best years.
‘A smokier expression than most, this is hugely enjoyable and still intense in colour on its tenth birthday. Expect layers of juicy, succulent black cherry fruit with graphite notes, and just a hint of black truffle that should develop more over the next decade. Great depth of flavour here that stretches out through the palate. Drink 2018–2036. ’
Jane Anson, Decanter, July 2018 (tasted February 2018) 95/100
‘The 2008 L’Eglise-Clinet has a very perfumed, unapologetically floral bouquet replete with expressive red berry fruit laced with crushed limestone and truffle scents, almost Burgundy-like in terms of purity. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy cranberry and raspberry fruit, a fine and almost symmetrical structure with the density and mass you expect from Denis Durantou’s Pomerol. The Cabernet Franc lends a savory, almost dried blood note towards the long, persistent finish. This is ageing with style. Drink 2020–2045.’
Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018 95/100
‘A remarkable wine in this vintage, L'Eglise Clinet's 2008 has a color almost as dark as the barrel sample of 2010. Classic mocha and caramel-infused creme de cassis and black cherry notes, with hints of licorice and loamy soil soar from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple, aromatically compelling wine. Opulent, expansive, and savory, with a broad texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific purity and a layered finish, this is another big, massive wine that transcends the vintage character, and will probably need 7-10 years of bottle age. It should keep for 20 or more years as well.’
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011 95/100
‘Dense and pure with massive concentration yet undeniable elegance and precision’
Robert Parker, April 2009 94–96/100
|Wine colour||Red wine|
|Grape variety||80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc|
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