Deep ruby in colour. The nose is plump and fleshy, with milk chocolate, black cherries and plums. The palate is chalky and dense, the creamy vanilla and toasty oak pairing perfectly with the crunchy, ripe black fruits and vibrant acidity. This is plump and round on the finish with good refinement and a savoury graphite edge.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
Produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet, the 2018 La Petite Eglise is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with 35% new oak and 14.5% alcohol. This is the first time Cabernet Franc was used in the blend and the first time younger vines from L'Eglise Clinet were used. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is boldly scented of baked plums, Black Forest cake and kirsch with suggestions of forest floor, cinnamon stick, fertile loam and sautéed herbs with a waft of roses. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with fragrant black fruit preserves, textured by ripe, rounded tannins and finishes long and perfumed.
|Score: 91/93+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is very tight and long for Petite Église with a very compact and focused palate. Medium-to full-bodied, compressed palate with ripe tannins that are firm and fresh.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 La Petite Eglise is a gorgeous second wine from Denis Durantou's L'Eglise-Clinet. Creamy and plush, the 2018 wraps around the palate with fabulous density. The natural richness of grapes with thick skins and little juice comes through in intense dark cherry, mocha, spice and new leather flavors. Soft contours and plush, silky tannins give the Petite Eglise tons of immediacy. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gem. Sadly, yields are down 60%. The blend is is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc (young vines); 35% new oak. First year with Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Black core with crimson rim. Dark, savoury and chewy. The fruit is dense rather than aromatic. Pretty introvert even with all this power or perhaps because of the power; thick tannins but smoothed on the finish. (JH) 14.5%
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Getting the younger vines from l'Eglise Clinet, the 2018 La Petite Eglise is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc brought up in 35% new French oak. Black cherries, tobacco leaf, some earth, and graphite notes all emerge from the glass, and it's elegant and rich at the same time. Nicely balanced, medium to full-bodied, with fine tannins and no hard edges, it's another terrific wine from this estate I’d be happy to drink.
|Score: 91/93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(80 Merlot, 20 Cabernet Franc) | 35% new oak | 14.5% alc | 4900 bottles were produced Civilised and controlled on the nose by contrast to the satellite commune wines in Denis Durantou’s portfolio, this is a polished and elegant wine with considerable depth of fruit and class and it has a rich core of juiciness which the tannins have sunk their teeth into. Impressive and long-lived this is a shockingly good wine.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|