2001 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 offers a huge spectrum of aromas, including notes of smoke, mocha, chocolate, coffee, and loads of blackberry, cherry, and currant fruit. The superb aromatics are followed by an elegant, medium-bodied, deliciously supple-textured, expansive, fleshy, beautifully pure, well-delineated Pomerol. It is a brilliant effort as well as one of the candidates for the wine of the appellation in 2001. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2014. (RP)
A wine with layers of aromas of licorice, dark chocolate and berries. Violets. Full to medium body with very fine tannins and a long finish. Just coming around. Pure pleasure.
Rich and solid red with fantastically silky tannins and cool mineral and berry character. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is very good indeed. Best after 2008. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby color. High-pitched aromas of raspberry and spicy oak. Sweet and fat but fresh in the mouth, with flavors of plum, smoked meat, tobacco and oak spice. Finishes with ripe, broad tannins and good persistence.
93 points Neal Martin: "Compared to the 1998, the Clos l’Eglise 2001 is far more taut and linear on the nose, but with stupendous delineation and mineralite. It is so candied and floral with hints of graphite developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity: graphite-tinged black fruit, spice, kirsch and a touch of orange zest. It has great delineation and persistency on the finish. What a great Pomerol 2001 this is: an effortless combination of classic and modern. Tasted May 2012." (Wine Journal, 7/2013)