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Chateau L’Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol 2023

Chateau L’Eglise Clinet 2023 has just been released - it is absolutely stunning and possibly the wine of the vintage. It is the only wine that Neal Martin has given a potential 100 points. Other... critics have been similarly effusive – ‘fabulous…a head turner… stunning bouquet with enthralling delineation and focus…. the purity and precision is exceptional'. L’Eglise Clinet has been one of the top Pomerols for some time now. This year it may just be the top Pomerol and at 19% less than last year. Allocations are very hard to come buy for this very serious blue chip investment grade Pomerol. "The 2023 L'Eglise-Clinet was picked between September 10 and 14 and matured in 82% new oak. It has a stunning bouquet with enthralling delineation and focus, very intense with blackberries, raspberry, crushed stone, Earl Grey and a touch of blood orange. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins and a dash of cracked black pepper. It's very harmonious and fans out brilliantly on the finish. It is surely going to vie with the stupendous 2022, and this ranks as one of the best wines of the vintage. Tasted on two visits at the beginning and end of my Bordeaux tastings." 98-100 points, Neal Martin "A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, L’Eglise-Clinet 2023 has a pH of 3.7. It is deep garnet-purple in color and opens with an initial burst of gregarious fruit, with blueberry preserves and ripe, juicy plums giving way to perfumed waves of lilacs, cinnamon stick, star anise, crushed rocks, and forest floor. The medium to full-bodied palate is tightly coiled at this stage with the taut, intense black and blue fruit core intertwined with minerals and exotic spices, supported by firm, rounded tannins and compelling tension, finishing very long and fragrant. A head-turner!" 97-99 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW “The wine quickly focuses you on its floral characteristics paired with black raspberries, plums, black, with white cherries, dark chocolate, and just an edge of coffee beans. The palate however, is where the excitement takes place. The wine is opulent, rich, aromatic, concentrated, and long. The mark of freshness is there, but, you also experience the wine's elegance, and silky tannins, as well as its length, and width on the mid-palate, and finish. Interestingly, here, it was the moderate amount of sun hours that helped make the vintage as it shielded the grapes from the late summer heat wave. From a blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, 14.60% ABV. The harvest took place September 10-September 14. It is great to see continuing strong wines from the Durantou family. Drink from 2029-2060.” 97-99 points, Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider "A contender for wine of the vintage, the Eglise Clinet feels almost from a different year than the other wines we tasted. The nose is an absolute bomb, layering sweet forest fruits, light flinty reduction, espresso and cigar leaf with more lifted cherry blossom notes. The palate shows the full array of potential in the vintage, from delicate rose and violet top notes to ripe cassis base notes. There is a superb interplay of raw power and ethereal elegance. For now, the chalky, layered and chewy tannins provide a big structure - this will need time in bottle. The smokiness builds with the fruit, always in balance but with a charred, lightly meaty tone. This is a big wine with breadth and depth, effortlessly powerful and designed to age. Superb." 96-98 points, Thomas Parker MW "The purity and precision to this young Eglise Clinet is exceptional, with finesse, intensity and fine tannins that last for minutes on the palate. It grows slowly and then builds and continues. The energy is terrific. Finishes long and confident. All about structure with finesse. The tannins really are refined and tightly woven. 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc." 97-98 points, James Suckling "Rises through the palate, intense and concentrated with cloves, pomegranate, black pepper, cumin, rosemary, rich black fruits balanced and given lift and contrast by nuanced and fresher raspberry leaf, tomato leaf, saline squid ink, and fresh citrus peel acidities. This has cohesion, precision, lift and character. Noëmie Durantou winemaker. Harvest September 1 to 18. 42hl/h yield." 97 points, Jane Anson "The 2023 L’Eglise-Clinet is fabulous. Rich, deep and vertical in structure, this is all poise. Nothing in particular stands out, as all the elements are impeccably balanced. Time in the glass helps this open a bit, but the 2023 is a wine of reserve—a wine that is not showing all its cards. Gravel, incense, tobacco, dried herbs and mocha open with some coaxing. This will be stellar in time." 94-97 points, Antonio Galloni
Pack Size: 12x75cl£2,508 (In Bond)
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