2005 Clos l'Église, Pomerol (high shoulder, signs of past seepage)

SKU #1250488 96 points 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)  (6/2015)

95 points 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)  (5/2008)

95 points Vinous

 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)  (11/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/2008)

K&L Notes

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)

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol