2017 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1356633 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Clos L'Eglise has really developed nicely during its élevage. Blackberry jam, chocolate, spice, new leather and licorice give the 2017 much of its rich flamboyant intensity and textural richness. Notes of red cherry, red plum, blood orange, sage and mint add complexity. Even with all of its richness, the 2017 preserves terrific energy and a real sense of vibrancy. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 25% frosted but no second generation fruit used. The grapes here are planted on the deep gravels of the Pomerol plateau, and it has definitely come out of the difficult early season strongly. It's extremely powerful, and very complex in its dark fruit and menthol layering, with a tight tannic structure and an austere character - this is not a vintage for hedonists like 2015 was but is a serious wine with good ageing ability. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

92-93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a very juicy red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of chocolate. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Tight. Inner quote mark (4/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Blackcurrants, mocha, ground herbs, and hints of earth all emerge from the 2017 Clos L'Eglise, and it's a medium to full-bodied, balanced, pure, layered Pomerol that does everything right in 2017. With ripe tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and beautiful balance, it's a classic, elegant effort to drink over the coming 10-15 years. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

90-92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Blended of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Clos l'Eglise comes bursting forth with fresh black plums and black currants notions with hints of black raspberries, black pepper and Indian spices plus touches of lavender and roses. Medium-bodied, firm, grainy and with seamless freshness, it fills the palate with spicy black fruits and finishes long and perfumed. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From a small estate, this wine offers delicious layers of ripe black plum and smoky tannins. It is rich, full, generous and already opulent. Drink from 2021. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Blueberry, blackberry and anise flavors rush forth, with more modest structure behind them. Fresh acidity keeps this honest, but this will likely deliver more immediate appeal. (JM) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Clos l’Eglise has a richer bouquet than the Barde-Haute (also owned by Garçin-Léveque) with brine-tinged blackberry and bilberry fruit. There is a lovely marine influence here. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip, fine weight in the mouth, fresh and saline with a touch of bitter cherry on the finish. Classic in style, this is quite a cerebral Pomerol for the vintage and I suspect it will age with style. Excellent." (02/2020)

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