The 2014 La Petite Eglise, pure Merlot picked on 3 October, is always a little gem and probably deserves more respect from cognoscenti. It has a gorgeously pure bouquet with ebullient red berry fruit, perhaps showing now more blue fruit, since I last tasted it. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin, pure red cherry and strawberry coulis intermingled with cold stone and a touch of blood orange. There is wonderful precision on the finish. This is just superb and doubtless great value. Drink date 2018 - 2028
The La Petite Eglise 2014 was picked on 3 October and is matured in 50% new oak. It has a clean and generous, though comparatively uncomplicated bouquet, that is perhaps limited by the growing season. The palate is fresh and tense on the entry, a pinch of cracked black pepper at the front of the mouth. There is plenty of animation and energy in this La Petite Eglise with a fresh, almost citric finish that bodes well for the future. Drink: 2017 - 2027
100% Merlot and 50% new oak. Picked 3 October. 7,000 bottles.
Relatively pale crimson. Low key and tentative on the nose. A bit stringy and with the odd astringent note. Needs time.
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 with a few barrels from Eglise Clinet itself. Elevage in 50% new oak in the cellars of Eglise Clinet. 7000 bottles will be produced in 2014. Deep ruby colour. Very smoky nose with blueberry, black cherry and plums layered by exotic spices. The palate is fresh with acidity and given structure by quite firm, fine-grained tannins. The palate is juicy and crunchy with lots of red fruits, sweet vanilla and toast. Good stuffing with a cool ripeness and excellent balance.
The nose is quite light with the fragrance of violets the start of the palate fresh. Rich in the middle black plum richness layers of fruit lots of complexity and although sweet and ripe at the back the finish has an elegant charm. 2018-30
Made entirely from Merlot in 2014, Denis Durantou's second wine is among the best value reds in Pomerol in most years. Deeply coloured and scented with tannins that need to soften a little, 50% new oak and sweet orange peel, violet and raspberry flavours. The wine finishes fresh, bright and well balanced.