L'Eglise Clinet 1990


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Tasting Notes

Offering sweet black currant liqueur, loamy soil, truffle, caramel, and spice notes, this medium to full-bodied, fleshy, low acid, fully mature 1990 can be enjoyed now and over the next decade.

Score: 91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

Score: 92Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Score: 92Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

The 1990, which continues to put on weight, is a richer, more complete wine than the 1989. The color in an opaque ruby/purple. The wine offers up less evolved, sweet, jammy, black-cherry, smoky, chocolate aromas, followed by a full-bodied, layered, expansively-flavored wine with low acidity, plenty of sweet fruit, and more depth and length than the 1989. It is also more backward. Drink it over the next two decades.

Score: 92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997

The 1990 l’Eglise-Clinet is probably a step behind the 1989 nowadays, as proven by being poured side by side here. Showing a little more degradation in color, it has a winsome, floral bouquet with mulberry and red plum fruit, as always. Perhaps the 1989 demonstrates a little more complexity? The palate is medium-bodied with fine structure, more backward than some of its Pomerol classmates with veins of cedar and dark chocolate towards the finish. It does not “kick on” like the finest vintages, but it remains a very fine wine. Tasted at the International Business & Wine Pomerol tasting.

Score: 92Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

he 1990 Château L'Eglise-Clinet is probably outshone by the superior 1989 these days, but as I remarked during this tasting, the difference between the two is less obvious than that of Vieux-Château-Certan. It has a more floral bouquet, the crushed violets more conspicuous and neatly folded into the mulberry and red plum fruit. I notice how its ferrous core becomes more obvious as it opens up. The palate, like the 1989, is remarkably structured and quite masculine for this vintage, gently gripping the mouth and leaving a residue of cedar and dark chocolate in its wake. You might be inclined to afford this 3-4 years more in bottle, although I will not dial 999 (or 911) if you find yourself opening a bottle now. Tasted January 2016.

Score: 92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, July 2016

Score: 18Farr Vintners, September 2004

Score: 16.4Group Tasting, Blind 1990 Tasting, September 2000

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