L’Eglise Clinet is the Pomerol of the vintage having been awarded 97-99 points from Neal Martin and 98-99 from James Suckling. This betters even Petrus, VCC, Trotanoy, La Conseillante, Le Pin and Lafleur. As the Pomerol of the vintage it has already garnered a great deal of interest, selling out on the Place du Bordeaux. We are pleased to be able to release this for £1,370 per case of six bottles, which presents a 25% euro increase on the 96-98 scoring 2015. Today’s release price marks a 8% discount to the 96+ point scoring 2010, which trades at £2,800, while the 99+ scoring 2009 and the 99 scoring 2005 trade at £3,000 and £4,200 respectively. With a median score of 98 points the 2016 promises to be one of the finest L’Eglise Clinet ever which Martin describes as ‘nothing less than a brilliant wine from Denis Durantou, undoubtedly one of the stars of the vintage.’ It is very likely we will see 99 points from bottle and therefore still some value on release for collectors.
Chateau L’Eglise-Client is one of the stars of Pomerol, outscoring Petrus in 2012 and 2013. It has emerged in recent years as one of the truly great Bordeaux estates, combining wonderful winemaking with its superb and unique terrior; 5.5 hectares located on the Pomerol plateau. The soil is rich in gravel, clay, iron and sand and the vines have an average age of 45 years. It is proving extremely difficult to source year-on-year with the global market clambering for its bravura and well-priced vintages: securing an allocation will bode well for years to come.
L’Eglise Clinet 2016, 12×75 – £2.740 EP or 6×75 – £1,370 EP
97-99 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
The 2016 L’Eglise-Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 21 September and 4 October for the former and on 6 October for the latter. It was cropped at 43 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 80% new oak, with around 14.2% alcohol. Lucid in color, it has a quintessential L’Eglise-Clinet bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis, liquid minerals and hints of iris and incense. The palate is very precise and crisp, some of the finest tannins that you will encounter in Pomerol, tensile right from the beginning, taut and linear with immense precision towards the extended mineral-soaked finish. This is nothing less than a brilliant wine from Denis Durantou, undoubtedly one of the stars of the vintage.
98-99 Points, James Suckling
This has so much violet and black-olive character to it. It’s full-bodied and powerful with incredible power and depth of old-vine tannins. It just rolls on and on. What a finish.
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