Chateau L’Eglise Clinet has a long history in the Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux. It dates all the way back to 1803, when Jean Rouchut purchased some of the vineyard land that later became L’Eglise Clinet. Before Denis Durantou, the current owner and wine maker took over Chateau L’Eglise Clinet, his great-grandfather managed the Pomerol winery. The elder Durantou spent all his time as a shopkeeper. Wine was not his work. He did not live at the small chateau. He preferred to spend his time on his dairy farm, located in Coutras. With the high price Bordeaux wine sells for today, it might sound strange, but back then, the family made more money from farming than they did from the winery!
The wine of L’Eglise Clinet is concentrated, full bodied, opulent and rich. Everything is in harmony and balance. This special Bordeaux wine offers a purity of fruit, exotic spice components, freshness and sensuous textures not found in most wines. It is aged in between 50% to 80% new, French oak barrels for between 15 to 18 months. The wines are racked every 3 to 5 months.
"Unquestionably the Pomerol of the vintage, the dense purple-coloured 2007 l’Eglise-Clinet offers an astonishing display of rich, liquorice and caramel-infused kirsch, black raspberry, and cassis fruit. Rich, full-bodied, and pure, with low acidity and ripe tannin, it is already offering delicious drinking, and should continue to do so for 15-20 years. Kudos to proprietor Denis Durantou." 94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
When this wine was tasted in 2017 The Wine Cellar Insider described it as follows:
"Medium bodied, with an earthy, truffle and cherry core of fruits, the wine is fully mature at this stage. Soft and round in texture, the truffles and cherries carry through in the finish." points - Tasted Jul 2, 2017