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95 Points - James Suckling "Extremely floral aromas, as well as dark berries, blueberries, black truffle and subtle, wet earth. Full-bodied and refined with ultra-fine tannins. Crushed stone. Caressing finish. Second wine of of L'Église Clinet and always from the same two parcels of vineyards. Drink after 2023.."
93 Points - Antonio Galloni "The 2016 La Petite Eglise is bright and beautifully lifted, with striking floral and citrus notes that lend an extra kick of brightness to the Merlot fruit. In 2016, La Petite Eglise is fresh, aromatically nuanced and absolutely impeccable in its overall balance, all of which make it a real joy to taste today. Denis Durantou gave the 2016 12 months in barrel, with about 50% new oak."
Château L’Eglise Clinet has a rich history and sits in the Pomerol appellation on exceptional terroir, close to the infamous Château Petrus. Denis Durantou, (owner and winemaker) is the star of the château and has been at the helm of this estate since 1983, with his family owning the property since 1914. He has brought a whole host of ideas and innovation along with his skills and expertise to make Château L’Eglise Clinet one of the best estates in Pomerol today, creating rich, full bodied wines, with beautiful balance and harmony. The vineyards are planted with 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec with many of these vines being over 75 years old.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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