2005 Clos l'Église, Pomerol (high shoulder, signs of past seepage)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The talented and charming Sylvie Garcin runs this tiny property of 15 acres, planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in 100% new oak. The 2005 is dense ruby/purple, with notes of smoky barbecue, crushed blackcurrants and jammy cherries, with some licorice and earth in the background (truffle?). This full-bodied, multi-dimensional, full-throttle and concentrated Pomerol is top class. This is a great example of the vintage and of this beautiful terroir not far from Pomerol’s church. Approachable now, it will even improve for another 5-10 years and drink well for at least two more decades. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full red-ruby. Superripe, even decadent aromas of plum, redcurrant and caramel; very Pomerol. Like liquid silk in the mouth, with an extravagant sweetness and lushness to the middle palate. Wonderfully fine-grained and rich, with its fruit component in the background today. The finish goes on and on, and is almost shockingly vibrant. In terms of aromatic persistence, this was one of the longest wines of my week on the Right Bank. A compelling wine. (ST)
With its succulent, inviting personality, the 2005 Clos L'Eglise announces that this is going to be a very special night. A host of dark cherry, plum, mocha and new leather notes meld together in a spherical, inviting Pomerol that is just beginning to enter the sweet spot. The 2005 is not particularly complex, but it is incredibly alluring and just plain delicious. It should drink well for another twenty years. (AG)
Offers a wonderful nose of crushed berry, blackberry and dark chocolate. Jumps out of the glass. Full-bodied, with seamless, velvety tannins and fabulous flavors of vanilla, berry, chocolate and cappuccino, followed by a long, caressing finish. Hard to say if this will be better than the 2000, but equally outstanding. Best after 2012.
Barrel tasting notes - Chocolate-covered berries on the nose and on the palate. Extremely concentrated. A little tough to taste at this stage, but this will be a great wine. Will last a long time. *1/2+ (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)