2008 Eglise Clinet

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / POMEROL
abv 14.5%
  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52427-2008-750-3B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    A remarkable wine in this vintage, L'Eglise Clinet's 2008 has a color almost as dark as the barrel sample of 2010. Classic mocha and caramel-infused creme de cassis and black cherry notes, with hints of licorice and loamy soil soar from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple, aromatically compelling wine. Opulent, expansive, and savory, with a broad texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific purity and a layered finish, this is another big, massive wine that transcends the vintage character, and will probably need 7-10 years of bottle age.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Good full red. Pure, floral aromas of black cherry and plum are complicated by strong lead pencil and black pepper notes. Suave on entry, then conveys an almost saline sense of extract in the middle, with very good definition and verve to the pretty black fruit, ink and graphite flavors. Distinctly minty on the finish. A politely styled L'Eglise-Clinet with real breed, showing more acidity than most Pomerols from this vintage.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Mid crimson. Scented and rich on the nose. Very broad and mouthfilling - quite complex. Much more than just sweet. An interesting wine - quite different from most Pomerols. Lots of lift and attack - not at all playing the sweetness card. Very appetising. Intriguing - even quite intellectual. Explosive with a savoury finish. Smooth and sleek and complete. Good wine! No holes. Lots of energy.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    This is lilting, with perfumy incense and warm cherry confiture aromas giving way to a still-compact core of plum, red currant and melted red licorice. The long finish has some grip to shed, with plum skin, spice and floral notes flittering in and out.
    Author: James Molesworth
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  • This is a tiny estate that is often overlooked. The blend typically reflects a blend of 70%-80% Merlot and 20%-30% Cabernet Franc. The average age of the vines (55-65 years old) is one of the factors that make the wines from this chateau so admirable. They start out as juicy, concentrated and lush, and with time, become the personified elegance for which Pomerol has become famous.

    Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 168 bottles owned
    • 20 collectors