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L'Eglise Clinet 2007

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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Tasting Notes

Unquestionably the Pomerol of the vintage, the dense purple-colored 2007 l'Eglise-Clinet offers an astonishing display of rich, licorice and caramel-infused kirsch, black raspberry, and cassis fruit. Rich, full-bodied, and pure, with low acidity and ripe tannin, it is already offering delicious drinking, and should continue to do so for 15-20 years. Having just had the 1997, which is not as strong a wine as this 2007, that wine, from a very mediocre vintage, is still young. Kudos to proprietor Denis Durantou. Drink 2010-2030.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

The 2007 l’Eglise-Clinet was picked 20 to 24 September. It has a deep color for a 2007 with little signs of maturity on the rim. It is typical of this Pomerol cru to ignore the reputation of this growing season and manifest a convincing bouquet packed with redcurrant and cranberry fruit laced with tobacco and singed leather. The palate feels smooth and slightly candied on the entry with bright red and black fruit laced with tobacco and spice, a gradual crescendo towards a very precise finish that feels more open than coeval vintages at the moment. It is a l’Eglise-Clinet that is ready to drink but do not under-estimate how well this will age. Tasted at the l’Eglise-Clinet vertical at the château in April 2018.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

Violet5, black and berry aromas follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a powerful finish. Layered and rich for the vintage. Needs time to develop. Best after 2014

James Suckling, Wine Spectator, January 2009

Very dark crimson but it glows. Smouldering nose. Very smooth. Denis Durantou says he ensured the fermentation temperatures were notably low in 2007 to concentrate on the fruit and gentle extraction of tannins. Very sleek. Much cooler than most vintages. Less rich and dramatic - a little bit of tarmacadam. Dry finish. Just a bit too restrained? Drink 2013-19

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008

Bright medium ruby. Lively aromas of black raspberry, coffee, licorice and bitter chocolate. Sweet, sappy and rich; this is stuffed with black fruit, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors, nicely framed and lifted by racy acidity (the pH here is a healthy-for-the-vintage 3.7) and a floral element. Firmly built, spicy and long on the aftertaste. A superb showing.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

There's definitely something more serious here, although the easy charm of the vintage is manifest as well. Has the inner depth and tannic core that many lack in 2007. The fruit and minerality provide a harmonious whole while aromatically there's a complex mix of dark fruit, liquorish and smoky notes. Drink 2014-2028. 4 stars.

Decanter Magazine, Decanter.com
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Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

The 2007 L'Eglise Clinet has long been a strong performer. Here, at a decade old, it offers gorgeous aromas of redcurrant, crushed strawberry, tar and truffle, a discrete mineralité that only surfaces with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with superb acidity, impressive cohesion and outstanding structure (for a 2007) towards the finish. It is brimming with sophistication, class and character—one of the standout Pomerols of the vintage. Tasted February 2017.
Drink Date 2017 - 2035

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017

Harvested between 19th and 26th September, a blend of 85% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Two samples presented by Denis Durantou, the first made on 28th March. The nose is lacking a little intensity after a few days with blackberry, wild hedgerow, a slight clayey component. The palate shows immense concentration with tense, tightly coiled black fruits and great sense of minerality. The second sample (1st April) has more intensity and lift on the nose, here with more of a damson, mulberry component; more rounded and harmonious in the mouth, the tannins more defined and with a natural sense of balance. Great clarity and focus with a persistent finish of blackcurrant leaf, briary and minerals. Wonderful. Tasted April 2008.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2008

Berry and chocolate character follows through to a medium body, with delicate tannins and a medium finish. Real wine for the vintage

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2008
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