2011 l'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another brilliant wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, the powerhouse 2011 l’Eglise Clinet is one of the most densely packed and stacked wines of Pomerol. Inky ruby/purple-colored with a classic bouquet of black currants, black cherries, creme caramel and vanillin, it reveals great fruit on the attack and mid-palate, medium to full body, lavish extraction, no bitterness, sweet, well-integrated tannins, and enough acidity for vibrancy and definition. It should be drinkable in 3-5 years and last for two decades or more.
This is a step ahead of the pack, with concentration but gentle texture to the plum, cassis and linzer torte flavors, which are inlaid with black tea and singed fennel seed notes. Long and graceful through the finish, with latent depth.
A balanced wine with lovely floral and berry character and hints of dark chocolate. Full body, with a creamy tannin structure and lovely length. Lively acidity.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc; 80% new oak): Opaque purple-tinged ruby. Closed nose hints at fresh blueberry, violet, minerals and spicy cocoa. Juicy, bright and pure; less explosively perfumed and creamy than usual for this wine but more delicate and subtle than recent vintages. Finishes long and lively, with chewy yet polished peppery tannins and lingering notes of dark berries, minerals and flowers. A spicy character emerged as the wine opened in the glass. I imagine that this Pomerol will pick up flesh over the next few years, while remaining beautifully pure.