1998 L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol

SKU #1007387 97 points James Suckling

 oft and silky yet firm and gorgeous. Full-bodied with a gorgeous core of raspberry and spices on the palate, with chocolate and mahogany notes. Still very young and in reserve. I decanted before drinking, but it's still a little tight. Needs more bottle time. (JS)  (8/2013)

97 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of dark chocolate and blackberry, with hints of black olives. Full-bodied, with chewy, polished tannins and loads of ripe fruit, tapenade and flowers. A complex and complete wine. Still needs time. One of the best ever from here. (Web Only--2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine has been so impressive over the last decade that it can now be said to rival Petrus. This effort should turn out to be one of the longest-lived Pomerols of the vintage. It is backward, and has closed down since bottling, but make no mistake about it ... this is a dazzling, serious vin de garde. An opaque purple color is followed by a restrained but promising bouquet of sweet black raspberries intermixed with vanillin, caramel, and minerals. The wine is full-bodied, powerfully tannic, beautifully textured, and crammed with extract (an assortment of black fruits). While it is bursting at the seams, purchasers will need to wait a minimum of 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035. (RP)  (4/2001)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated dark ruby. Slightly reduced aromas of sappy berries, minerals and orange peel. Extremely dense in the mouth, with compellingly sweet, powerful flavors of raspberry, minerals and espresso. A rare combination of great breadth and verve. Still a bit withdrawn today from the bottling. But this extract-rich wine should be spectacular in seven or eight years and be very long-lived. 94(+?) points (ST)  (6/2001)

Jancis Robinson

 One of the deeper colours. Classic dried fruits of Pomerol on the nose. Measured and not as obvious or opulent as the Mondotte. Rich foxgloves and purple fruits on the nose with real intensity and a hint of something wild. Very voluptuous texture but with some lift and real substance in the middle. Fleshy, dried fruit on the finish. Lots of energy. Impressive length. More sinewy and jagged than the Pétrus and Cheval. 17.5+/20 points. (JR)  (4/2008)

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