2011 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol (Previously $100)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another beautiful wine from the Garcin family, Clos l’Eglise, which had been a moribund estate for decades, leaped to the forefront in the late nineties where it has remained ever since. The dense ruby/purple-hued, medium-bodied 2011 possesses abundant notes of sweet black cherries, licorice and plums as well as impressive purity, texture and length. It should be at its peak in 2-3 years and last for 12-15. Usually, this is a blend of 80+% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby-red. Spicy, precise aromas of red cherry, cassis, vanilla and violet. Enters the mouth sweet and luscious, with very good intensity to the red and black fruit flavors. The finish features rising but smooth tannins and a repeating note of violet. Another wine from Helene Garcin that seems to be less extracted and needlessly massive than usual, and it's a major success for the vintage.
A fleshy, crowd-pleasing style, with Black Forest cake and roasted anise notes out front, followed by mouthfilling plum sauce, blackberry paste and fig flavors. Picks up a slightly chewy toast edge on the finish, but this will progress quickly thanks to the ripe fruit. Drink now through 2021.