Another brilliant wine from Helene Garcin-Leveque, the 2010 Clos L'Eglise comes from a 15-acre vineyard near the well-known church just to the west of the high plateau of Pomerol. It is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Loads of roasted espresso notes intermixed with white chocolate, plum, Asian soy, blackberry and black cherry fruit make for an intensely perfumed set of aromatics. Plump, fleshy and full-bodied, with beautiful fruit as well as undeniable purity and an enticing texture, this is a succulent, lush Pomerol to drink over the next 12-15+ years.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
The Garcin family has made so many top vintages of Clos l'Eglise since taking over this estate in the late nineties that it is difficult to say 2010 will turn out better than 2009, 2005, 2000 or 1998, but it is unquestionably a top-flight effort for both the vintage and the appellation. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied wine exhibits a dense purple color, a sweet perfume of jammy boysenberries and black currants, oak, truffles and caramel. This opulent, deep yet powerful Pomerol possesses fresh acids and tremendous precision. Enjoy it over the next 15-20 years. By the way, a second wine, the forward, up-front 2010 Esprit de l'Eglise, also performed well.
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Clos l'Eglise 2010 has an intense bouquet with dense black fruit mixed with autumn leaves and crushed rock - well defined with good lift. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a little chewy on the fruit palate but plenty of substance and grip towards the liquorice-tinged finish. There is a fine sense of energy here: no frills but everything in its right place. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
Tasted at Chateau Barde Haute, the Clos l'Eglise is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It has a very intense bouquet with a lot of oak that will need several years to be fully absorbed. It offers some gorgeous floral notes with a faint touch of star anis emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins on the entry. Perhaps it does not need quite the 100% new oak, which tends to dominate the finish and why I remain parsimonious with my sky. Nevertheless, it should end up a very fine Clos l'Eglise. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 93+||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
Tasted three times including at Barde-Haut, this has a precocious, lifted peppermint-tinged bouquet with black cherries, briary, juniper and a touch of blueberry. Good definition. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, good balance but quite introspective on the tannic, grippy finish. This is a more masculine Clos l'Eglise than recent vintages, one that will repay long-term cellaring. Tasted April 2011.
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
The quality of the tannins in this young red is superb, with a texture of velvet. Full and yummy
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
This small 6 hectare Pomerol property is situated between Clinet and L'Eglise Clinet. Quality here used to be dreadful but under new ownership since the late 1990's, the wines now rank amongst the best in Pomerol. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, winemaking in 100% new oak is overseen by Alain Reynaud formerly of Quinault L'Enclos and La Fleur de Gay. Production is small, rarely more than 1000 cases. This is modern and quite extracted in style. Very plump and decadent. Impressive depth but it lacks a bit of balance and class.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
Undoubtedly a very good wine but at an awkward stage. Tight and firm with layered fruit but slightly intrusive oak. Winemaking has the upper hand. Drink 2018-2028.
|Score: 16.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2011|