La Petite Eglise (2nd label Eglise Clinet) 2012


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Tasting Notes

The second wine from Denis Durantou is pure Merlot from gravel soils that was picked from 6th until the 8th October and there is less volume than last year. The bouquet is certainly more bashful than the 2011 - like the Montlandrie, you must coax the aromas from the glass: wild hedgerow, black fruit and even a touch of cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple core of pure red berry fruit mingling with minerals - a stony character to this wine - very expressive and animated. The finish is refined and displays superb length for a second wine. If I taste a better value Right Bank wine, I would be astonished. Tasted April 2013.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin,, May 2013

The 2012 Petit Eglise is round, sensual and inviting, with striking depth for a second label. Sweet red cherry, plum, exotic spice and licorice are all pushed forward. With air, the wine gains lift, finesse and delineation. Hints of lavender, sage and mint add brightness on the nuanced finish. There is a lot to like here. The Petit Eglise, 100% Merlot, is the second wine from L'Eglise Clinet, and it is a winner. Drink 2018-2032.

Score: 90Antonio Galloni,, January 2016

100% Merlot on gravel, 50% new oak; volume down on last year. Darkest crimson with opaque core. Sweet red cherry. Much sweeter and more red-fruited than the Montlandrie. Juicier too and fruit forward. Papery texture. Juicy fruit escapes around the dry tannins like a river round the rocks. (JH)

Score: 16.5Julia Harding MW,, April 2013

Denis Durantou's "second wine" is a serious Pomerol in its own right, but at a fraction of the price of Eglise Clinet. Usually the best value wine in Pomerol. The 100% Merlot fruit is mostly harvested from a separate vineyard next to La Grave a Pomerol with a few barrels from Eglise Clinet itself. 750 cases will be produced in 2012, aged in 50% new oak. Very sexy and spicy. There is real depth of flavour here with concentrated black fruit complimented by cream and toasted brioche. Very pure and precise with lovely sweet, fleshy richness and a silky texture. This is clearly as good as many first labels in Pomerol. A potential bargain buy of the vintage.

Score: 16.5+Farr Vintners, March 2013

The nose has lots of ripe fruit and the rich black plum gives a fleshy suppleness on the palate. There is a balancing freshness some bramble and black cherry the layers of fruits giving lots of complexity and an attractive stylish finish. 2018-35.

Score: 92/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2013

When your second wine tastes as good as this, you can imagine how special the grand vin
is. (See my note for L'Eglise-Clinet.) Sourced from gravel soils, this is lighter in style, but
with the fruit purity and balance that typifies Denis Durantou's reds. Structured and long,
this shows delicious flavours of plum, liquorice and fine, vanilla-scented oak. Likely to be a
bargain, on past form.
Drink: 2020-35

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW,, April 2013

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