2014 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
This wine is both fresh and superrich, hailing from deep clay soils in the heart of Pomerol. Dark tannins meld into the ripe plum flavors, giving concentration and a strong sense of restrained power. (RV)
The 2014 Clos L'Eglise is super-expressive from the very first taste. Dark red cherry, plum and crème de cassis meld into new leather smoke and violets in a supple, racy Pomerol built on texture. Readers will find a level of pure voluptuousness that is quite rare in this vintage. The 100% new oak is very nicely balanced for such a young wine. The 2014 is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Ripe, with a full, fleshy feel to the plum sauce and melted licorice notes, all framed by a ganache edge. A lightly firm woodsy hint hangs on the finish, but this has more than enough fruit to soak that up. (JM, Web-2015)
Extremely attractive core of fruit with a cool, mineral undertone. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Clos l’Eglise 2014 was picked on 23 September until the 27 September with the last parcel of Cabernet Franc, matured in 100% new oak in 300- and 500-liter barrels. It has a well-defined, expressive bouquet already with subtle wet clay scents infusing the black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of violet developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perhaps a little pinched compared to their Barde-Haut ’14 with sappy black fruit on the finish. This is broody and introspective compared to recent vintages, although there is impressive length here and it may merit a higher score after bottling. As I said, at the moment, I would bet on Hélène Garçin-Léveque's Barde-Haut in Saint Emilion being the one to seek out. (NM)