2011 l'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090927 92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another brilliant wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, the powerhouse 2011 l’Eglise Clinet is one of the most densely packed and stacked wines of Pomerol. Inky ruby/purple-colored with a classic bouquet of black currants, black cherries, creme caramel and vanillin, it reveals great fruit on the attack and mid-palate, medium to full body, lavish extraction, no bitterness, sweet, well-integrated tannins, and enough acidity for vibrancy and definition. It should be drinkable in 3-5 years and last for two decades or more.  (4/ 2012)

91-94 points Wine Spectator

 This is a step ahead of the pack, with concentration but gentle texture to the plum, cassis and linzer torte flavors, which are inlaid with black tea and singed fennel seed notes. Long and graceful through the finish, with latent depth.  (4/ 2012)

92-93 points James Suckling

 A balanced wine with lovely floral and berry character and hints of dark chocolate. Full body, with a creamy tannin structure and lovely length. Lively acidity.  (4/ 2012)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc; 80% new oak): Opaque purple-tinged ruby. Closed nose hints at fresh blueberry, violet, minerals and spicy cocoa. Juicy, bright and pure; less explosively perfumed and creamy than usual for this wine but more delicate and subtle than recent vintages. Finishes long and lively, with chewy yet polished peppery tannins and lingering notes of dark berries, minerals and flowers. A spicy character emerged as the wine opened in the glass. I imagine that this Pomerol will pick up flesh over the next few years, while remaining beautifully pure.  (5/ 2012)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pomerol