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L'Eglise Clinet 2005

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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Tasting Notes

Among the most saturated in color of all the 2005 Pomerols (which is saying something), this wine has a spectacular nose of licorice, mulberry, blackberry and sweet blue fruits. The new oak is completely hidden, the wine full-bodied, multi-layered and just stunning. The purity, richness and skyscraper-like mouthfeel are incredible. Give it another 5-10 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years. Drink 2020-2060.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

The Château l'Eglise-Clinet 2005 was served from bottle and from magnum (both ex-cellar). It has a magnificent nose with bewitching delineation: darker fruit than either the 2003 or 2004, blackberry, raspberry, hints of black tea and black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with brilliant focus, still quite backward as so many grandees of this vintage remain, albeit beginning to soften towards the licorice-tinged finish. This is a benchmark for both Denis Durantou and this Pomerol estate, although I can see it testing wine-lovers' patience. Tasted March 2015.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (225), July 2016
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

Tasted blind. Bright crimson. Some ripe rose perfume on the nose. Big and sweet, if a bit brutal on the palate. Very concentrated. No delicate touch in the cellar! Pretty dramatic.
Drink 2016-2030

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Saturated ruby-red. Superripe, deep aromas of black cherry, mocha, bitter chocolate, licorice pastille and menthol; almost porty in its ripeness. Hugely concentrated and sweet, with perfectly integrated acidity giving shape and verve to the dark berry, violet and licorice flavors. A very powerful, ageworthy wine with terrific grip and flavor definition. The serious but fine tannins arrive very late and coat the front teeth. It will be fascinating to taste this alongside the great 1998 in a decade or so.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Incredibly dense, powerful wine. Huge tannic content, perhaps a little robust at this stage but coated in velvety fruit. Maintains freshness. Violet aromas. Owner Denis Durantou compares to his benchmark 1989. Drink 2015-2040.

James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2006

Came eighth out of 184 wines

-, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2009
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A sensational effort from proprietor Denis Durantou, this 2005 is a compelling wine, but purchasers should wait at least a decade to begin the magical liquid tour. One of the monumental wines of the vintage, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a glorious perfume of caramelized blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, a hint of toast in the backward, fully integrated oak, full body, and exceptional density and richness. Prodigiously concentrated, this layered, broad Pomerol reveals a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood. It is a massive, yet remarkably elegant wine that is as singular as it is exhilarating. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

Along with Petrus, l’Eglise-Clinet is the superstar of Pomerol in 2005. Proprietor Denis Durantou has produced one of this estate’s most monumental wines. Adding weight and richness since last year, this inky/purple-colored effort offers up a phenomenal bouquet of melted tar, truffle oil, black cherry liqueur, blackberries, caramel, and espresso roast. Powerful, full-bodied, amazingly rich, huge, and dense flavors are accompanied by a boatload of sweet tannin and glycerin. This wine will need considerable bottle age before it reaches full maturity, and it should last for 3-4 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035+.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

A spectacular offering from proprietor Denis Durantou, the 2005 ranks alongside the 2000 and 1998 l’Eglise-Clinets. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuous bouquet of violets, melted licorice, creosote, black cherries, blackberries, and espresso. Boasting super intensity, huge, full-bodied opulence and power, and plenty of sweet tannin and glycerin, I would not be surprised to see this 2005 shut down after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2035.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Subtle and fascinating with gorgeous floral and fruity aromas that follow through to a solid palate, full body, ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. This has class and complexity.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Dark ruby. Rich ripe nose with a hint of menthol. Not fully expressive but with the promise of lots buried down there. Massive acidity and tannin hits the palate initially. This is a brooding wine not nearly ready to drink but awfully promising. There's a suggestion of something brûlée here but nothing overdone in terms of sweetness or ripeness. A really long-distance runner. Great persistence. 14%
Drink 2022-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015

Very dark. Roasted fruit on the nose, very kerpow and all upfront. What's upfront is pretty delicious but the finish is pretty pinched. Shame. May well come right in the end, but at the moment it dries out on the finish. This was the second favourite of the group

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009

1st sample: Dark, bright purple. Rich, round, rather cool and long term - fine and refined. Much less opulent than I would have expected.
2nd sample: Rich, velvety, cool and slightly gassy. More than 14 per cent alcohol. Quite different from 2003!! Drink 2016-29

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006
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