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Looking into the soul of a vineyard - gorgeous minerality, pure fruit from red cherry to ripe plum and blackcurrant, all very finely layered with spice, black tea, green tea, warm earth. Incredibly expressive, perfumed, dense palate carrying beautiful pure fruit and fine mineral notes. There is so much to enjoy here and with real potential for the future. Extremely impressive.
A deep, serious wine, the 2021 L'Eglise Clinet unwinds in the glass with notions of wild berries and plums mingled with dark chocolate, sweet loamy soil, warm spices, violets and black truffle. Full-bodied, concentrated and muscular, it's rich and layered, with a concentrated core of fruit, lively acids and plenty of ripe, powdery tannin that nods to its origins in a sector of Pomerol capable of producing some of the appellation's most structured, long-lived wines. It's a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
William Kelley, April 2022
The 2021 L'Eglise-Clinet was picked September 27–29, a rapid harvest within three days; winemaker Noëmie Durantou told me she wanted to beat the forecasted rain that would have diluted the fruit. Raised in 75% new oak, this has a less concentrated, mineral-driven bouquet that bides its time, offering nuanced pine cone scents with aeration. The palate is clearly built around elegance, with its finely chiseled tannins and wonderful crushed stone notes. Perhaps a more streamlined l'Eglise-Clinet, showing wonderful precision. This Pomerol never tries to outdo its limitations or ape previous vintages, lending it an intangible sense of honesty. Beautiful. (14.0% alcohol)
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022
Medium-bodied with very fine-textured tannins. Delicious sweet and salty and mineral character. Blackberries, violets, cloves and dark olives. Peaches, too. All focused, fresh and in balance. Long, seamless finish. 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc.
Busy and complex with dark fruit, camphor and spice notes. Juicy fruit and a real concentration of velvety tannin. Honed and long with plenty of freshness. Well constructed from beginning to end. (JL) 14%
Drink 2030 – 2045
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022
The 2021 L'Eglise-Clinet is a spherical, sensual Pomerol of uncommon depth and intensity. Racy and voluptuous, with terrific depth, the 2021 is striking. Crème de cassis, chocolate, new leather, spice, menthol and licorice all build as the 2021 opens in the glass. The combination of power and finesse is remarkable. I especially admire the energy and focus in the 2021. This is the first vintage that includes a parcel of Cabernet Franc that was previously used for the Petite Eglise.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022
Rich and precise on the nose, and here you see why austerity in tannic structure can be a rather beautiful attribute - carved, careful, precise, coming through as energy and potential rather than forbidding. Not as dense as the 2018 or 2019, think instead of the intellectual 2017 but with more depth to the tannins. Blueberry, bilberry, loganberry, violet flowers, slate, earth, mandarin zest and incense. Harvest September 27 to 29, no chaptilisation, 75% new oak.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022
The 2021 L'Eglise-Clinet is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, aging in 75% new oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is a little closed and broody to begin, soon unfurling to offer glimpses at blackberry preserves, black raspberries, and Morello cherries, followed by hints of pencil shavings, chargrill, wood smoke, and garrigue plus a waft of crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate delivers fantastic tension and density, framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing with loads of long-lasting mineral and earthy layers.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, May 2022