“… a wine that will stop you in your tracks and demand you to think, contemplate and reflect. And if all that isn’t enough, it is also fantastically delicious”
97-100 POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN, WINE ADVOCATE
Today sees the release of the flagship wine from the late, great and supremely talented Denis Durantou – Chateau L’Eglise Clinet 2019.
This is one of Pomerol’s outstanding estates producing fantastic, positively precise wines. Decanter's Jane Anson picked Chateau L'Eglise Clinet as her wine of the entire vintage. Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown describes it as “an exercise in poise and precision”. While James Suckling describes it as “one of the greats”. All three award it a potentially perfect 100 points, a fitting tribute for the last vintage of Chateau L’Eglise Clinet produced under Denis Durantou.
Due to huge demand and extremely limited availability, Chateau L'Eglise Clinet 2019 will be available on a strict allocation-only basis. Existing client pre-orders will be fulfilled as a priority.
The 2019 L'Eglise-Clinet, Denis Durantou's last vintage, is also very clearly one of the wines of the year. A Pomerol of soaring, majestic intensity L'Eglise-Clinet dazzles from start to finish. Layers of dark fruit, gravel, spice and dried flowers unfold over time. I followed this sample for several days and it never lost any intensity over that time. I find the 2019 incredibly elegant and polished, but then again, I also tasted it a few months later than normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Merlot was harvested from September 18 to 26, while the Franc came all in on the 26th. Readers who can find the 2019 should not hesitate, as it is a true masterpiece.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (January 44000) Score: 97-99/100
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"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 L'Eglise Clinet has a powerfully fragrant nose of violets, star anise, powdered cinnamon and jasmine over a core of plum preserves, blackberry pie, Black Forest cake and camphor with wafts of crushed rocks and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in poise and precision, possessing remarkably well-defined, bright, energetic black fruit and minerally layers, supported by beautifully ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with a long-lingering, mesmerizing array of earth, rock and glittery fruit nuances. This is a wine that will stop you in your tracks and demand you to think, contemplate and reflect. And if all that isn’t enough, it is also fantastically delicious. The blend this year is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc."
98-100 POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN, WINE ADVOCATE