2001 l'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol

SKU #1073675 94 points James Suckling

 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.  (8/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A brilliant effort (one of the vintage’s most substantial wines), proprietor Denis Durantou has turned in a tour de force in 2001. Sadly, there are only 1,500 cases of this 85% Merlot / 15% Cabernet Franc blend (from vines averaging 40 years of age). This beauty boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a glorious nose of red and black fruits, flowers, sweet oak, and hints of licorice as well as truffles. Opulent, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, tannic, and persistent on the palate (the finish lasts 40 seconds)... (RP)  (6/2004)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Wild and exotic on the nose, with blackberry, meat and spice. Medium- to full-bodied, with super well–integrated tannins and a lovely balance of fruit and spice on the finish. This is really a beauty—a seductive young wine. (JS)  (3/2004)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium ruby. Quintessential Pomerol nose combines roasted black raspberry, coffee liqueur and chocolate. Suave, sweet and voluptuous, with a wonderfully pliant texture and a flamboyantly expressive personality. This sent a shiver of pleasure up my spine. Notes of chocolate liqueur and game, with a complicating mineral component. Hugely rich, sexy wine whose tannins coat the teeth. (ST)  (5/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark crimson. Dense and youthful on the nose. Really racy and luscious. Great stuff. Much more refined and a bit less dense than the 2000. ‘I sell 2000 and drink 2001.’ Long and silky. Very complete and lovely. Yet with lots still to give too. 18.5/20 points.  (3/2015)

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