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L'Eglise Clinet 2010

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

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Tasting Notes

Deep garnet colored, the 2010 L'Eglise Clinet begins unassumingly with gentle notions of fragrant dried flowers and wild sage leading to savory nut and meat characters over an expanding core of preserved plums, blueberry compote and black cherry coulis plus a waft of menthol. Full-bodied, concentrated and wonderfully decadent, the palate is absolutely packed with rich, ripe black fruit preserves and loads of spicy sparks, framed by super ripe, super plush tannins, finishing very long and decadent. I love the interplay of subtly and power here - this is truly a WOW wine! 2020 - 2060.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

The 2010 l’Eglise-Clinet was harvested from 20 to 27 September and matured in 80% new oak. It has a magnificent bouquet with multi-layered red and black fruit, black truffle, a hint of clove and bay leaf, just a nose that is “vrai Pomerol”. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, chalky tannin. There is impressive depth here, a firm grip in the mouth, although it has softened (a little) since I last tasted it. What I adore is the symmetry of this 2010, the tension and the energy conveyed by the finish. That said, it is nowhere near ready and requires several years in bottle before it reaches its drinking window. Behold a titan of a Pomerol. Tasted at the l’Eglise-Clinet vertical at the château in April 2018.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

The 2010 Eglise Clinet continues to deliver in bottle. Deep ruby colour in the glass, the nose is powerful and expansive, layering the dense red and black fruit synonymous with the vintage with notes of dark chocolate, wood spice, smoked game and cigar leaf. Despite the weight of structure at the core, this is a 2010 that you can (and we did) drink now. Powerful cassis, plum and dark cherry notes wash over the plentiful, chalky and ripe tannins that form the spine of this wine. The fruit is both broad and deep, yet never spills over the edge in this precise powerhouse. The accents of spice, incense and cocoa are all measured and subsumed by the sheer weight of fruit, which has the slightest edge of maturity now the wine is 14 years old. 2010's brilliance at the top is in its balance and surprising freshness, and it shows here. Despite the oily, ripe and concentrated fruit, the wine is never heavy. Minutes long and multi-dimensional on the finish, this is one of Denis Durantou's greatest vintages, and one that will continue to age for decades. Outstanding.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Tasting, June 2024

Sweet berries with hints of incense and spices on the nose with black truffles. Very ripe but not over-the-top. This is full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a smoky wood and mushroom undertone. It's dense and impressive yet very balanced. I like it, slightly better quality than the 2009. Give the wine five or six years of bottle age to soften before opening.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

In 2009 it was easier to present primeur samples.' Very dark and glowing crimson. Savoury and dense and lively. Lip smacking. Lots of sweetness and nerve. Well done! A very firm thread and great integrity. Lovely texture. Much more sweetness than I would expect for a 2010. Racy and charming but with real density. 'The most complicated thing was to decide how many pumpovers to do each day. We reduced the number and the length of the macerations. Alcoholic fermentation was at less than 28°C. Because we were so afraid to extract tannins we couldn't age in barrels.'

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

Denis Durantou is making stunning wines that, since 1985, have invariably matched or beaten all the top names of Pomerol in blind tastings. Produced from 40 year old vines picked when ripe but never late. No fancy tricks here, just old vines, great terroir and inspired, yet traditional, wine-making. As our blind tastings have proved over and over again, this is one of the top wines of the Pomerol appellation. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. A very deep colour and a big nose of ripe fruit, violets and vanilla essence. Super-concentrated with red and black fruits, plums and prunes. Perfect balance of opulence and structure with discreet oak playing second fiddle to the fruit. This is sexy yet sophisticated at the same time. Big in glycerol yet incredibly focused and complex. A massive wine yet one of great class. Simply fabulous, this is one of the most profound wines of the vintage and one of the greatest young Pomerols that we have ever tasted. A rare 20 point wine from the normally cautious Farr Vintners team.

Farr Vintners, April 2011

Rich ripe black fruits give depth to the nose and enrich the palate. The palate is supple and fleshy from the ripeness of the fruit and rounded tannins. It is chocolate rich at the back lots of powerful flavours yet with enough underlying freshness that balances.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2011
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011

Undoubted power and concentration. Rich, dense and profound but reserved. Layered fruit on the palate. Bigger structure than '09 although a touch awkward at this youthful stage. Drink 2020-2040.

James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2011
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Tasted at the property, the L'Eglise-Clinet 2010 was absolutely stunning from barrel and in bottle, Denis Durantou's tour de force does not disappoint. It is imbued with an effortless quality on the nose: briary, raspberry preserve, crushed stone and just a hint of cassis. It is a linear nose - not extravagant or powerful - but very expressive of its terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with unbelievable intensity (not concentration) on the entry, the flavours almost regimented in their precision: fresh strawberry, raspberry, a hint of graphite and a touch of orange peel. It is so fresh, so animated and energetic that you want to keep taking sip after sip. This is a monumental L'Eglise-Clinet - quite profound. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

Tasted from various barrels, this note is from the final blend in Darnajou barrel. It will consist of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, picked between 20th and 27th September and 1st October respectively. The bouquet is very intense with ebullient ripe red berried, truffle and briary, an underlying mineralité that is sure to become more evident as its ages in bottle. The palate is full-bodied with very fine tannins, intense dark berried fruit, a touch of blackberry and crushed stone. There is exceptional delineation on the finish that is poised and coiled like a spring. Wonderful. N.B. Tasted from the Taransaud bottle I found more richness on the nose, a touch more opulence and perhaps more "juicier". Whatever…it's gonna be awesome. Tasted April 2011.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011

So much elegance and complexity to this young wine with plenty of flowers and dark fruit notes. Full and super refined, with amazing complexity and firmness. It is very tight and silky. Long and intense. This is a super 2001 or a 1961.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011
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