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La Petite Eglise (2nd label Eglise Clinet) 2016

Grape VarietyMerlot

Denis Durantou's "second wine" is a serious Pomerol in its own right, but at a fraction of the price of Eglise Clinet. Usually the best value wine in Pomerol. The 100% Merlot fruit is harvested on sandier soils and elevaged in 50% new oak barrels in the cellars of Eglise Clinet.

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 La Petite Eglise has a lovely bouquet of wilted violet petals and incense flanking blackberry and raspberry scents. With aeration, there is just a hint of balsamic. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. This feels fresh from start to finish. A fine-boned, precise Pomerol that delivers impressive closing precision. Excellent. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2022 - 2040

Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020

The 2016 La Petite Eglise was picked on October 5 and matured in 50% new oak. It has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis and rose petal aromas; more sous-bois elements emerge with time in the glass. The fresh palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and hints of oyster shell toward the persistent finish. I like the symmetry here. A wonderful La Petite Eglise that will give 10 years of pleasure, possibly more. Drink 2022-2035.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 La Petite Eglise is pure Merlot as usual that was picked on 5 October this year and matured in 50% new oak. It is a small production of just 700 cases. It has a pure and elegant bouquet with a hint of oyster shell infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, bright redcurrant and cranberry notes and fine acidity, tender and refined towards the finish. This is another beautiful La Petite Eglise from Denis Durantou.
Drink Date 2020 - 2034

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 La Petite Eglise features beautiful black cherries, mulberries and warm black plums scents with touches of underbrush, cigar box and fragrant soil. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with complex, intense black and red fruit layers with tons of savory sparks coming through on the long, plushly textured finish. Drink 2020-2033.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018

Firm and linear wine with blackberry, violet and berry character. Medium-to full-bodied second wine of L'Église Clinet and it’s silky and refined while showing power and length. Beautiful tannins. Pure merlot.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 La Petite Eglise is bright and beautifully lifted, with striking floral and citrus notes that lend an extra kick of brightness to the Merlot fruit. In 2016, La Petite Eglise is fresh, aromatically nuanced and absolutely impeccable in its overall balance, all of which make it a real joy to taste today. Denis Durantou gave the 2016 12 months in barrel, with about 50% new oak. Drink 2021-2031.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 La Petite Eglise is a delicious second wine from Denis Durantou's L'Eglise-Clinet. Succulent dark cherry, lavender, cloves and menthol are all fused together. Sexy and racy in the glass, with tons of aromatic nuance and mid-palate unctuousness, the Petite Eglise is a terrific introduction to the house style. Readers who can find it should not hesitate.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Super-juicy and so much flesh it almost covers the structure. Sweet ink. Lovely stuff. Just falls away a little bit on the end.
Drink 2023-2031

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

Denis Durantou's "second wine" is a serious Pomerol in its own right, but at a fraction of the price of Eglise Clinet. Usually the best value wine in Pomerol. The 100% Merlot fruit is harvested on sandier soils and elevaged in 50% new oak barrels in the cellars of Eglise Clinet. Only 700 cases will be made this year, ith the fruit all picked on 5th October. Bold in cherry fruits and spicy, toasty char from the oak. The palate is round, plump and juicy with cherries and plums. The tannins are ripe and quite grippy, providing the density of structure you would expect from Pomerol but a sweet approachability that allows this so flesh out with freshness and vibrancy that will make it ideal for early drinking. The finish however is long and fine, showing great poise for the vintage.

Farr Vintners, April 2017

The second wine of the estate is the 2016 Petite Eglise, which is always 100% Merlot from the more gravelly parts of the vineyard. This is a beautiful 2016 that shows the house style in its ground herbs, tobacco, gravelly, earthy minerality, and sweet black cherry fruit. This medium to full-bodied, rounded, fleshy beauty is ideal for drinking over the coming 10-15 years. Drink 2019-2034.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019

Succulent and ripe the nose has sweet black fruits the palate is fleshy and rich ripe black plums. There is some underlying freshness but it fills out at the back supple and ripe all very approachable. 2024-33

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

This vineyard-based selection from Denis Durantou is a notable success in 2016, showing plum and damson flavours, rich, compact, concentrated tannins, serious oak and, wafting above the whole thing like a fluttering angel, scents of violet and liquorice. 2024-32

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

This has the power of Pomerol Merlot combined with an elegant flood of tannins. The stunning purity of Durantou wines is always striking, and they really do suit the freshness of the 2016 vintage. Here the tannins are making an impression on the close of play, but they never stand in the way of the freshness and juice of these cassis fruits. Just so elegant. 100% Merlot, picked on 5th October, aged in 50% new oak. 41hl/ha.

Drinking Window 2024 - 2040

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017
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