A gorgeous wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc is an inky purple color, with gorgeous purity of black raspberries, blackcurrants and blackberry with a hint of truffle and spring flowers. Its is full-bodied, opulent and a tour de force in this vintage. Great presence on the palate, fabulous purity and a long finish make for a magnificent bottle of wine to drink over the next 20-some years. Drink: 2015 - 2035
|Score: 96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Along with Petrus, the 2012 l'Eglise Clinet is the potential wine of the vintage. An amazing tour de force in winemaking, the wine's inky/purple color is accompanied by copious notes of spring flowers, creme de cassis, kirsch liqueur, truffles, caramels and graphite. Full-bodied with enormous concentration, the purity, exquisite balance and sheer gravitas and palate presence of this massive yet phenomenally compelling Pomerol are something to behold. Kudos to l'Eglise Clinet. This wine will be approachable in 4-5 years, and last for three decades or more.
|Score: 96/100||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2013|
The 2012 l’Eglise-Clinet was picked 21 September to 4 October for the Merlot and on 6 October for the Cabernet Franc. This is one of my favorite recent vintages. It is so vivacious and well defined on the disarming nose with pretty red cherry and strawberry aromas, crushed stone, smoke and wilted rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, endowed with a sense of exuberance that the 2013 could only dream of. I admire the precision and tension interwoven through this l’Eglise-Clinet and the manner in which it fans out on the succulent finish. This is a Pomerol that just wants to go out and give pleasure. Tasted at the l’Eglise-Clinet vertical at the château in April 2018.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The Grand Vin was picked between 21 September and 4th October for the Merlot, with the Cabernet Franc picked on 6th October. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (aged in 80% new oak) it has Burgundy-like minerality and purity on the nose that is taciturn at first, but blossoms nicely in the glass whilst maintaining a sense of restraint and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with very pure fruit and a silky texture. The acidity is extremely well judged, the Cabernet Franc lending this wine just a touch of edginess. There is sublime focus on the mineral-laden finish. One day, Denis Durantou will make a wine that does not merit a stream of superlatives. But that day seems a long way away. Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
Insane aromas of wet earth, dried fruits, oyster shell and white pepper. Full body and a seamless texture of gorgeous tannins and fruits. Goes on for minutes. So wonderful now but will be better in 2019.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015|
This really builds at the end of the palate, which clearly shows it's top notch. It's full-bodied, and grows on the palate ever so steadily. Lovely berry, chocolate, and hazelnut character. Goes on for a minutes. This has wonderful tannin tension for the vintage. Better than 2011
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013|
The 2012 L'Eglise Clinet is a real head-turner. Explosive and rich in the glass, the 2012 boasts superb depth throughout. Sweet floral and spiced notes develop first, followed by intense red and blue-fleshed fruit. Violets, mint, sage and sweet spices add nuance as the 2012 opens up, but it is really the wine's vertical structure that stands out above all else. I very much like the pure energy that is so central to the wine's personality. This is a superb showing, and one of the clear highlights of the year. Readers should cellar the 2012 for at least a few years. Drink 2018-2032.
|Score: 95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016|
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, on clay and gravel, very small volume this year. Deep dark crimson. Black core. Just-ripe dark fruit and sweet oak spice on the nose. Hint of char and cedar. Chewy and firm and just enough fruit in the middle but only just. Savoury, lots of char but lots more to come. It's less approachable than many a 2012. I like its earthy firmness but the char taste on the oak seems a little heavy. (JH)
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|
Denis Durantou is making stunning wines that, since 1985, have invariably matched or beaten all the top names of Pomerol in blind tastings. Produced from 40 year old vines picked when ripe but never late. No fancy tricks here, just old vines, great terroir and inspired, yet traditional, wine-making. As our blind tastings have proved over and over again, this is one of the top wines of the Pomerol appellation. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, aged in 80% new oak. An extremely dark colour, this is a wine of incredible density with layers of complexity. A myriad of flavours include tarmac, smoky bacon, roasted meat, exotic spices, black pepper, black cherries and white chocolate. This sensationally concentrated and massively ripe Pomerol has impeccable balance and soft, supple tannins holding it all together. Complex, complete and multi-dimensional. Clearly a contender for wine of the vintage. Nobody in our group scored it less than 19/20
|Score: 19||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
Bramble, cassis and black cherry give lots of complexity on the nose and a lovely mix of flavours on the palate. The mid palate is sumptuous rich with layers of flavour the fleshy black plum backed by fresher black cherry. There is a sweet fruited power at the back yet a stylish freshness on the finish. 2020-38.
|Score: 94/97||Derek Smedley MW, April 2013|
"This isn't a great vintage," says Denis Durantou, "because in a great vintage, good wines are
made everywhere." He may be right, but the wizard of Pomerol has worked his magic again in
2012. Yields were down 25% on 2011 because of coulure and selection, but Durantou's touch
has transformed promising raw material into something very special. This is sweet, plump,
plush and concentrated with notes of spice, orange peel and Christmas cake and masses of
structure, intensity and restrained power, offset by refreshing acidity.
|Score: 97||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013|