La Petite Eglise (2nd label Eglise Clinet) 2019


Following the sad news of May 2020, the 2019 will be the last harvest from Denis Durantou of this "second wine", a serious Pomerol in its own right, but at a fraction of the price of Eglise Clinet. Usually the best value wine in Pomerol. Since its debut in 2004, this has always been a 100% Merlot cuvée and has come from fruit harvested on sandier soils. However in 2018, a lot of the Merlot vines were dug up and so the production and blend has changed.


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Tasting Notes

The 2019 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc which will be aged in 35% new French oak at an abv of 14.5%. Just 4,500 bottles will be produced as a result of the pulled out vines. Deep ruby in colour with fleshy, ripe cherries and notes of cedar and cinnamon on the nose. The palate is very glossy and soft, showcasing creamy red fruit and sweet baking spices. This soft, sumptuous and approachable wine will drink well from an early stage. Long and juicy with red fruit on the finish.

Score: 17Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

The 2019 La Petite Eglise was picked 18-25 September apropos the Merlot and 26 September for the Cabernet Franc, matured in 35% new oak. It is vivacious on the nose with vivid raspberry, maraschino cherry, desiccated orange peel and subtle white pepper scents. The palate is silky smooth with fine grain tannins. Harmonious from start to finish, this is a sensual, seductive La Petite Eglise with spicy notes furnishing the finish. Another superb testament to the late Denis Durantou. 2023 - 2040

Score: 92/94Neal Martin,, June 2020

The 2019 La Petite Eglise is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose starts off slightly reduced, but with a little swirling, it comes sailing out of the glass with bright, pristine notes of kirsch, black raspberries and blackberry preserves, followed by suggestions of garrigue, tilled soil, wild mushrooms and bouquet garni with a waft of cloves. The medium-bodied palate has vibrant, impactful black and red fruit layers with a very fine-grained texture and tons of freshness, finishing long and earthy. This year, this sincerely is a “Petite” L’Eglise Clinet!

Score: 92/94Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020

A really refined red with blue fruit, subtle chocolate and sandalwood. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and refined. Very pure. It goes on and on. One of the best I remember.

Score: 95/96James Suckling,, June 2020

The 2019 La Petite Eglise is a wine of pure and total sophistication. Silky tannins, sweet, lifted aromatics and pliant fruit give the 2019 its elegant, sleek personality. All the elements simply fall into place. Noble and alluring, the 2019 is absolutely delicious. This is the second year La Petite Eglise has some Cabernet Franc, and that really comes through in the wine's aromatic lift and structural feel, especially over time. The Merlot was harvested from September 18 to 25, while the Franc came in on the 26th.

Denis Durantou's 2019s are absolutely brilliant across the board. My tasting was obviously bittersweet, as Durantou lost his battle with illness just a few weeks prior. Denis Durantou was one of the most intriguing characters in Bordeaux. I can't say I knew him well, but I always enjoyed tasting with him, as he was a person that spoke more with his eyes than with words. Things were implied rather than overtly stated. So, I tasted the 2019s with daughters Constance and Noémie over Zoom, in typical 2020 fashion. The Durantou sisters describe 2019 as a year with an early flowering and homogenous ripening that led to small, concentrated berries and higher pHs than normal. Temperatures were kept cool in the cellar, where both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations took place over cuvaison of 21 days (for all wines), in a reductive environment with little oxygen. From top to bottom, the Durantou 2019s are positively stellar. Don't miss them!

Score: 92/94Antonio Galloni,, June 2020

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc; 35% new oak. This is the second year the young-vine Cabernet Franc from L’Église-Clinet has been added. Barrel sample.
Exudes charm, the aromatics and flavour pure, fragrant and redolent of summer fruits. Fine, supple tannins. Good tension and balance. Finishes clean as a whistle. More for the short/medium term than the long haul. (JL) 14.5%
Drink 2023 – 2031

Score: 16.5James Lawther MW,, June 2020

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