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A blend of 90% Merlot and 10 % Cabernet Franc. This wine has a vigorous attack, concentrated and full bodied with density and tannin. This is a powerful wine and is notably muscular compared to its Pomerol peers. That said, the fruit is supple and round and there is precision, control and freshness. Yet another great success for Denis Durantou.
The 2014 l’Eglise-Clinet was picked 25 September and on 4 October for the Merlot, the 6 October for the Cabernet Franc. Against expectations, here it seems more fruit-driven than the 2015 with plenty of wild strawberry and cranberry fruit laced with truffle and light cedar scents. This is quite vivacious and unlike the 2015 appears to show no signs of closing down. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly tough tannin on the entry that will soften with bottle age. There is certainly good matière here with a gentle grip towards the finish that shows great depth and finesse. Maybe this will become a prettier l’Eglise-Clinet compared to the 2015, if not quite possessing the same longevity. Tasted at the l’Eglise-Clinet vertical at the château in April 2018.
Ready 2017 - 2025
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Ready 2019 - 2035
Young 2026 - 2050