Either we caught this wine at the perfect moment, the bottle was flawless, or both, clearly, this fully mature L'Eglise Clinet is a sublime bottle of Pomerol. Truffle, earth, black cherries, tobacco and floral notes led to a silky, round, velvet textured wine that ended with layers of ripe, opulent berries. There is no reason to wait to pop a cork on this stellar wine.
Decanted and drank over 4 hours. Initially we thought something was up with this bottle, as the nose was muddled and never really came together. Old seashells and salsa? The palate displayed dark fruit, earth, plum and violets. Black cherry. Shorter angular finish.
Fully mature, with a nose of chocolate, plums, flowers and truffle, the silky wine feels great when it slides across your palate, finishing with rich layers of plum, black raspberry and just a minor hint of tartness. This is definitely drinking in the sweet spot of life. The debut vintage for Denis Durantou has truly shaped up nicely. If you own it, pop a cork.
Enjoyed at a dinner party. This was very youthful. I didnt open it but my guess is that it was open for a couple hours prior to embibing, but was not decanted. I would certainly buy more of this, if the price was right.
Nicely bricking beautiful blood red, no purple. Very complex nose; red berry fruit, mint, malted milk, highly mineral with iron filings, a little bit of asparagus (in good control); with air a saline, oyster shell note appears. Palate firmly structured and masculine, but really nicely balanced; velvet. Mature, but not going anywhere soon! Medium bodied, with a long, grippy finish of beef bouillon, cranberry, and pomegranate. In a good place. (Dinner with SK -- thanks!)
opened a 71 Trotanoy, spectrum buy, 433, ouch. 2 bottles. tried my best to say it was ok, wife said awful, opened this as the replacement. Sure better than that trot, but not jumping for joy over the 6 bottles i have left of this
Won 3 bottles at auction last week here in San Fran. I wsa concerned about the hit-or-miss reviews, so thought I crack one right away.
Decanted for 2 hours and BAM, fabulous. Cork was firm; but some sediment in the glass.
Took a sip right after pouring and it was very alcohol forward. Calmed down after I let it breathe through 49er's second half and am now enjoying for afternoon Raiders game. Full fruit, firm tannins with a chocolate, blackberry nose. Nice long finish with cherry notes
Earth, plums, dark chocolate, roses and an array spices produce an exciting perfume. Supple, round and opulent in texture, this rich, sexy Pomerol ends with a long, sweet red and black plum, black cherry and cocoa filed finish. The wines being made by Denis Durantou today at Chateau L'Eglise Clinet are even better than the previous generation of older wines from the famous Pomerol chateau. I can't wait to taste them at maturity.
85 Eglise Clinet seems to have a lot of bottle variation. I have had bottles that showed an unripe, slightly green component while other bottles have shown incredibly youthful and offered an intense Pomerol experience. Bacchus was on our side with Last night, the wine Gods were on our side because this was a great bottle! Served blind, everyone felt the wine was from the mid 90’s or younger! Intense aromatics accompanied by a huge dose of concentrated plum, black and red fruits. The finish was close to 45 seconds.
This is so thick, I had to decide if I wanted to eat it or drink it! This is the real deal. The color is a dark, opaque, purple with no signs of lightening. The wine was compared with two other Pomerol wines from the same tasting icluding, L'Evangile and Certan de May. The wine remains youthful and still is not offering secondary aromas. Of the three 85 Pomerols, it showed the most improvement with time in the glass. Thick, unctuous, rich and concentrated almost beyond belief. Pure, ripe, black fruit notes and the essence of plums coat every nook and cranny of your palate. The texture is plush, opulent and extraordinarily rich.
UK Wine-pages Pomerol Off-line (The Alba, London): When first poured this briefly showed it's complex, spicy, tobaccoey, if slightly funky class before becoming quickly subdued, and then slightly corky on the palate with a stripped finish. A real shame - clear case of low level cork taint.
The profile of this wine makes deciding if it's corked or not more difficult than usual and if any other wine would have shown close to these aromas, I probably would have declared it as corked immediately. This wine always has this dark, earthy, musty and borderline vegetal aromas on the nose though and really hides the cork notes. With air, the musty notes really stood out to the point of making this undrinkable. The palate however was still kicking and showed nice fruit, a full, smooth texture and decent length.
1985 Dinner (Chez Bruce London): Drunk at 1985 Dinner, Chez Bruce, London Dark and opaque wine, black fruits and somewhat barney on the nose...very full bodied and thick in the mouth , dark fruit flavor but i found it a bit stemmy and lead like...after about an hour or so in the glass it was becoming more pleasant, i think this is one to come back to in a few years
Now the third time I've had this wine and I've never been blown away... why then am I so excited to drink it.. At first, herbal notes dominate the nose and there is some definite green pepper notes sticking out. Thankfully, with air, the green notes subside and lovely iron, mineral and earth back up some dark cassis notes. I really struggle to get past the herbal notes but this does improve with air. Medium bodied and just not showing as well on the palate as the last bottle I had. It still has a smooth, balanced feel with plenty of depth though and the finish is absolutely enjoyable but there's no wow punch. There was talk of an off bottle but while this wasn't quite up to past experiences, I certainly don't think it was far enough off to consider it an off bottle.
The color displays a medium shade of ruby with a slight amber at the edge. On the nose, notes of chocolate covered blackberries, figs, spices and an hour later, aromas of truffles. The palate shows a great viscous mouth texture that puts on weight throughout the night. The flavors displayed on the palate include ripe red & black fruits, raspberries, cherries and a hint of mint in the finish. 85 Eglise Clinet is close to full maturity, but it has a bit of tannin to resolve in the finish.
A controversial wine the night we had it (I think it was a combination of Rob's grumpy mood and his general fussy-pants attitude towards Bordeaux in general : )), I have no doubt this is a profound wine. It was poured after a number of great wines, and more than held its own. The initial sensation on the nose was extremely pleasant, and as one delves deeper, there is graphite, forest floor, cloves, and tobacco. Excellent structure in the mouth with many years ahead of it. No controversy for this taster.
A weekend at Sean's; 8/11/2006-8/13/2006 (Sean's house in Leadville): This is the second time I've had this wine and both times I've got a strong green pepper note that I really dislike. Luckily, it blew off slightly and actually turned into one of the most interesting wines we had all weekend. Once past the green pepper notes it shows tons of lead pencil, dark and ripe tobacco, earth, black currant and bittersweet chocolate. The last bottle was decidedly more green and uninspiring on the palate while this bottle was close to the best mouthfeel of the whole weekend. Huge concentration and an almost perfect texture. Huge but not heavy with lovely clean fruit and a long, long finish. One of the few wines I was still thinking about the next morning.
This was a truly memorable wine, and the more so because it did not quite fit my preferred Bordeaux flavor profile (Pauillac or Graves). Great intermingling flavors of tobacco, kirsch liqueur, licorice, and stones. There was tremendous development in the glass over two hours or so, and I agree with earlier comments that this is drinking beautifully now but has a long life and further evolution ahead of it still.
Decanted for us by the Sommelier at La Folie. Immediate big nose of tobacco, earth, cloves, and merlot fruit. The color was still a purplish red, with very little thinning at the rim. The palate was redolent of berries from the summer. The mid palate showed a very big and smooth mouth-filling viscosity. The tannins were mostly resolved, but there was enough structure left to indicate this wine still has many years ahead of it. A smooth and pleasurable finish. I was very impressed with this wine until we finished up with the last bottle of the night: Cheval Blanc '83! (Dinner with JB, Phyllis and Jane).
The next wine opened was Ch. L'eglise Clinet 1985 - drunk with a salmon dish with polenta and maderia sauce taken from the Le Bernadin cookbook. The match was quite good, though the fish did bring to the fore the slight iron charaters that great pomerol seems to display - at any rate I liked it. The wine itself is out of this world - drinking well with the afore mentioned iron - lots of plum, leather, earth and sucullent berries. Is mature but based on this showing should continue to age and evolve for decades. Easily the best 85 Pomerol I have drunk (including Petrus and Lafleur drunk last year - I have not tasted any of the other major contenders) The most enjoyable bordeaux I have had in my mouth for the whole year! 98pnts
very purple - rich deep colour - outstanding aroma of buttery sweet vanilla fruit cake and stewed plums - very opulent and hedonistic. mouthfilling cinnamon plummy flavours - rich texture with perfect acidity - ripe smooth tannins - quite burgundian. July Wine options practice tasting. Very Different to Petrus in taste (sweeter, more plummy - maybe less "serious" without the bracing tannic structure of Petrus.