This wine has become a bit more attentuated with cellaring, and yet while it tastes young and capable of lasting another two decades, I am not quite as enthusiastic about it as I once was. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding effort and certainly one of Pomerol's top performers in this vintage that favored the Médoc. Still deep, dense ruby with some purple, the aromatics require coaxing from the glass. Notes of cedar, sweet plum, Christmas fruitcake, and black cherries and berries finally emerge with a hint of licorice and mushroom. The wine has excellent concentration, a medium- to full-bodied, layered mid-section, and moderately high tannins in the finish. It was the relatively dry, hard tannins in the finish that lowered my score over previous tastings. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020. Last tasted, 5/02.
The 1986 L'Eglise Clinet remains a young, densely-colored wine with gobs of fruit and intensity. It exhibits excellent concentration and an over-ripe component. It can be drunk or cellared for another 20-30 years.