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1999 l'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol

SKU #1009113 94 points James Suckling

 A very fresh and lively red with berries, mushrooms and floral undertones. Medium body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Very complex and complete.  (4/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Denis Durantou explained that analytically, the Château l'Eglise-Clinet 1999 is exactly the same as the 1998, although it is completely different in taste. He also said that it was the last vintage that he had to chaptalize (a little). Poured from magnum, it is clearly more mild-mannered on the nose than the preceding vintage, but still extremely well defined with blackberry and briary scents, a hint of black truffle and incense following later. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin. The acidity here is well judged, not unlike a superior and more substantial version of the 1997, with commendable precision on the truffle-tinged finish. This can be broached now, but unlike the 1997, this has another decade or more of drinking pleasure to give. Tasted March 2015. (NM)  (7/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers opulent and exciting aromas of fresh cèpe and chocolate, with ripe plum as well. Full-bodied, featuring soft and silky tannins, and a long and yummy finish. Want to drink this now.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). (JS, Web Only-2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark and lively-looking. One of the more opulent 1999 Pomerols - even a little bit flashy! Acid and tannin still in evidence and lots of rich raisins. One of those Pomerols that seems to have desperately fought the vintage's shortcomings. Good for modernists. 16.5/20 points. (JR)  (6/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated medium ruby-red. Expressive aromas of currant, mocha, coffee, Cuban tobacco, licorice and iron, lifted by pungent minerality and a floral nuance. Fresh and intensely flavored, though without the palate impact of the 2000 or 2001. Rather linear on the front half, then expands nicely toward the back, taking on increasing sweetness. Tannins are nicely ripe. No shortage of personality here. (ST)  (5/2002)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin: "Like Lafleur ’99 up the road, the Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet ’93 is in a very good place at the moment. Here, it has a lucid deep garnet colour that hardly appears to have aged in the last two years. The bouquet is captivating with scents of dark plum, wild strawberry, hints of black truffle and cold stones that are well defined. The palate is very well balanced with a keen thread of acidity. It is sensual and generous in the mouth – uncommon for a 1999 – with a finish that appears more powerful than my last encounter. This is a supreme Pomerol for the vintage. Drink 2014-2030. Tasted October 2012." (Wine Journal, 9/2013)

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