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Clos L’Eglise History, Overview
The estate of Clos L’Eglise is one of the older chateaux in Pomerol dating all the way back to the 18th century. That is also when the farmhouse that is in use today was constructed. At the time, Chateau Clos L’Eglise was a larger estate. In fact, the property was in its formative years, part of the Gombaude Guillot estate. Eventually the vast estate was split in half. On one side of the street, you had Chateau Clos l’Eglise, which was owned by the Rouchut family. Across the street sat Chateau Clos l’Eglise-Clinet, which was owned by the Mauleon family. In time, Chateau Clos l’Eglise Clinet eventually changed its name to Chateau l’Eglise Clinet which also simultaneously gave birth to what we know today as Clos L’Eglise. While the wines are now produced by the current owners, that was not always the case with Clos L’Eglise. At one point in time, the estate produced wines under a leasing arrangement held by the Rouchut family.
Clos L’Eglise The Modern Age
The modern era of Clos L’Eglise begins in 1975, when the property and its wine making facilities were all redesigned and modernized by the Moreau family. The Moreau’s were well versed in Pomerol, as they were also the owners of Chateau Plince. The old, non temperature controlled wood tanks were replaced by stainless steel. The vineyard was also expanded to its current size. Instead of buying more vines, the owners simply planted land that was being used as a pasture. In those days, the property was planted with a much larger percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at close to 20%. All the Cabernet Sauvignon vines were eventually ripped out and replaced by Merlot grapes.
The next step forward took place in early 1997 when the Right Bank estate was sold to Sylvaine Garcin Cathiard by the Moreau family. If the Cathiard name sounds family, she is the sister of Daniel Cathiard, the owner of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, located in Pessac Leognan. The sale set a new benchmark price for Pomerol when it sold for 12 million Euros! Today that price would be considered a steal! But prior to 2000, that was considered a massive sum of money for Pomerol. More money was needed to replace the aging concrete vats and once again modernize the facilities. In fact, the first vintage of Clos L’Eglise made by the new owners was produced at one of their estates in Pessac Leognan, Haut Bergey. Along with the aforementioned properties in Pessac Leognan, Helene Garcin also manages her two estates in St. Emilion, Chateau Barde Haut and Chateau Poesia and Branon, which is situated in Pessac Leognan. The family is also involved with vineyards in the Mendoza appellation of Argentina.
The first moves made by the new owners was to place the daughter, Helene Garcin in charge of the property, hire Michel Rolland as the consultant and renovate the wine making facilities. Michel Rolland was eventually replaced by Alain Raynaud. Starting with the 2015 vintage, Thomas Duclos has been working as the consultant for the estate.
Clos L’Eglise Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The majority of their 5.9 hectare, Bordeaux wine vineyard stretches to the south west of their wine making facilities. The terroir of Clos L’Eglise is filled with rich clay and gravel based soil with iron deposits. Located on a sloping hill, with famous neighbors like Chateau Clinet, Chateau L’Eglise Clinet and Chateau Trotanoy. The Pomerol vineyard of Clos L’Eglise is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines are 35 years of age. Although there is an old parcel of Cabernet Franc remaining that was planted in the 1940’s! The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,150 vines per hectare.
Vinification of Clos L’Eglise takes place in six 55 hectoliter, insulated, stainless steel tanks. The new steel tanks replaced the oak vats in 2012. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Clos L’Eglise is aged in 100% new French oak barrels for between 16 and 18 months. The property has a second wine, Esprit de L’Eglise. On average, close to 1,200 cases of Clos L’Eglise are produced every year.
The best vintages of Clos L’Eglise are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1998.
Today, Clos L’Eglise is managed by Helene Garcin Levesque. Clos L’Eglise is best described as rich, full bodied and opulent, expressing ripe plums, chocolate and floral characteristics. The wine ages well and needs at least a decade after bottling to develop and mature, as well as allow the oak to integrate before drinking.
Serving and Decanting Clos L’Eglise Pomerol with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Clos L’Eglise Pomerol is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Clos L’Eglise Pomerol is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Clos L’Eglise Pomerol is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Clos l'Église (Pomerol) Wine Tasting Notes
16 Vintages 110363 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
Fertile, intense, opulent, dark chocolate-covered plums, this wine is fat and sassy with freshness, fruit and length, leaving you with a lavish sensation in the finish. The wine comes from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% with a pH of 3.7.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1016 Views
2015 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
A blanket of deep, dark, red punctuated with peppery aromatics and complicated by black cherry liqueur, flowers, caramel, truffle and licorice, this wine is rich, full-bodied and concentrated with silky, supple textures and a fiery, fresh finish. The Merlot harvest started September 8, finishing September 15. The Cabernet Franc was picked in one day, September 23. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 94 - 96 Pts
Apr 27, 2016points - Tasted 1312 Views
2014 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
A truffle, black cherry and floral perfume opens this soft, polished and silky wine. The plush chocolate and plum finish feels luxurious in the mouth. 93-94 Pts
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 1919 Views
2013 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
Medium bodied, with an earthy, black cherry, wet earth and leafy personality, the wine is fresh, leaving you a bright, black raspberry finish with a touch of oak in the end note.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 1233 Views
Featuring a depth of color for the vintage, the nose delivers toasted oak, incense, coffee bean and black plum. Soft and polished, there is a lot of oak in the soft, polished black plum-filled finish. From yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc comprises the blend. The wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. 90-92 Pts.
Apr 25, 2014points - Tasted 1863 Views
2012 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
Filled with plush, round, soft, rich fruits that linger with their core of fresh, lush, silky plums, cocoa, espresso licorice and black cherries.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 3315 Views
Concentrated, dense, fleshy, rich, fat and flashy, this sexy Pomerol is packed with oak, ripe, riper and overripe plums, cherries and chocolate. Lush in texture, this is a decadent style of Pomerol. 92-95 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 3999 Views
2011 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
May 20, 2014points - Tasted 224 Views
Coffee, chocolate, plum, earth, flora, black cherryl and vanilla aromas were in full force. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, and reaching 14.2% alcohol, the wine ended with supple, fresh cocoa and black raspberry. 90-93 Pts
Apr 21, 2012points - Tasted 2414 Views
Clos L’Eglise, the only Pomerol at the tasting, the wine opened with chocolate, floral, oak and boysenberry aromas. From an assemblage of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, at 14.2% alcohol, this tasty, flashy Bordeaux wine ended with fresh, cocoa and black raspberry. 90-93 Pts
Mar 16, 2012points - Tasted 2493 Views
2010 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
Concentrated with sweet, ripe, lush, concentrated, dark red berries, that are complicated with the addition of dark cherry, even darker chocolate and truffle. Plush textures, depth of flavor and energy make everything work here. Give it another 5 years and this will be even better.
Mar 19, 2017points - Tasted 1437 Views
Plush, fat, dense and rich, with silky, ripe tannins, layers of chocolate covered plums, earth, licorice, oak and smoke, the wine is polished, deep and complex, ending with a long, black cherry liqueur filled finish.
May 7, 2013points - Tasted 3313 Views
Clos L’Eglise, From 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc 14.5% alcohol deep purple color, mocha, chocolate, flowers, black raspberry, vanilla and truffle scents. Mouth filling, lush and opulent, the wine ends with a long, deep, jammy blackberry and licorice sensation. 93-95 Pts
Mar 14, 2011points - Tasted 3511 Views
2009 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
2009 Clos L’Eglise is deeply colored. From vineyards located next to the chateau on the break in the Pomerol plateau, where the terroir consists of argile clay with gravel and iron deposits. The pungent nose is filled with fresh blackberry, plum liqueur, violets, espresso, chocolate fudge, and dark cherry aromas, making the wine a pleasure to sniff. With intensity of flavors, this opulently textured wine coats your palate. It finishes in waves of flamboyantly textured chocolate covered plums. 96-98 Pts
Jul 27, 2010points - Tasted 6705 Views
2008 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
Chocolate, black raspberry jam, earth, mocha and vanilla scents make up the interesting perfume. Full bodied and round in texture, the wine finishes with a long, plum and black cherry finish.
Mar 11, 2011points - Tasted 5586 Views
08 Château Clos L’Eglise is produced from 100% merlot with the help of Dr. Alain Raynaud. Located across the street from L’Eglise Clinet and around the corner from Clinet, the vineyard sits on rich clay and gravel soil. Deep ruby, with aromatics of spice, black plums, flowers, and mocha, this is a rich, full bodied wine. Your palate is treated to concentrated layers of ripe, chocolate covered black fruit with opulent textures. 93-96 Pts
Jul 30, 2009points - Tasted 4155 Views
2006 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
Still deep in color, with some lightening at the edges, licorice, truffle, dark chocolate, coconut, and plums create the nose. Still young, concentrated, fresh and full bodied with a plummy, focused, structured style that demands at least another 5 -7 more years in the bottle to help the oak better integrate.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 1633 Views
Based on two bottles, the wine is rapidly maturing. The color has lightened and secondary aromas of earth, truffle, cocoa, dark cherry and spice were beginning to make themselves known. Medium/full bodied, round, soft and filled with a melange of ripe cherries, if these bottles were correct, I'd opt for drinking this over the next decade.
Mar 12, 2012points - Tasted 2772 Views
2005 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
If you’re in the mood for smoky truffles, licorice and dark plums, you came to the right place. Especially if you're seeking lush, sweet, silky berries, and a touch of oak along with some tannin that remains needing to resolve. The wine is offering great pleasure now and will only get better with a more time in the cellar.
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 4695 Views
Molten, black cherry with licorice, plums and mocha tease and please the nose. This wine is filled with layers of rich, ripe, black fruit that unfolds over your palate. The tannins are sweet. This full bodied, hedonistic wine feels round in your mouth. The only flaw at this point is the slight touch of oak in the finish. That will in all probability become fully integrated as the wine ages and evolves. This is a stylish example of Pomerol.
Jun 15, 2008points - Tasted 5241 Views
2004 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
An early drinking vintage from this chateau, which normally takes a lot longer to come around. There is a nice touch of dark chocolate on top of the red and black plums, herbs and earthy, medium bodied characteristics. Close to mature, this could improve and soften a bit with time, but it's drinking well today.
Aug 16, 2015points - Tasted 2870 Views
Mostly secondary notes in the nose with truffle, licorice, smoke and wet earth. The fruit is fading. Fully mature and requiring consumption, drink this sooner than later for the last of its soft, spicy red berries.
Nov 30, 2014points - Tasted 3264 Views
Already open and offering pleasure with its coffee, black cherry, chocolate and plum personality. Lush, round, and forward, this sweet, plush modern Pomerol is not going to make old bones. I'd drink it over the next decade or so.
Dec 11, 2012points - Tasted 3058 Views
2001 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
It blasts off with an explosive perfume with touches of vanilla, roasted blackberries and coffee. Thick, rich and dense palate feel. Very concentrated. Some tannin remains. Long, sensual finish. There is a lot to like in this wine.
Jan 15, 2011points - Tasted 5055 Views
Great palate texture that's filled with layers of ripe, rich, round, concentrated dark, Bordeaux fruit. Silky tannins and layers of polished fruit are the hallmarks of this wine. A touch of oak is discerned in the finish, but that should eventually become absorbed into the wine. Already open, this will improve. I liked it so much, I tried buying more of this Pomerol the next day.
Mar 17, 2008points - Tasted 4159 Views
2000 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
This greets you with a chocolate, floral, black plum perfume. This fat, rich, round, mouth filling wine is intense and opulently textured. The finish ends with ripe, dark fruit flavors with a hint of chocolate covered licorice.
Mar 5, 2010points - Tasted 3955 Views
1998 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
Lush, rich, sexy and concentrated, the wine is concentrated, fresh and deep, with a blast of oak, licorice, dark chocolate, flowers, black raspberry and earthy notes. Secondary, with room to improve, you can pop a cork today, or wait another 5 more years.
Jul 19, 2015points - Tasted 2412 Views
This has really continued to improve over the years. The oak has melded into the wine. It's rich, ripe, chocolately, sexy, opulent and silky. The fruit is lush, polished and long. The wine is elegance with a dash of decadence tossed in for good measure. This is best showing yet for this Pomerol. Drink now, or give it a few more years as it will only get better from here. the wine was decanted for about 2 hours before serving.
Aug 25, 2014points - Tasted 2553 Views
Chocolate covered boysenberries, violets, coffee, brown sugar and smoke aromas come out with little effort. Soft, round, and opulent in texture, the wine finishes with smoky black cherries and some dryness. This is ready to drink.
Dec 17, 2013points - Tasted 3799 Views
One of my favorite things about tasting is being surprised about a wine that in previous tastings, I was not too happy about. I might be forced to retract my previous reservations about Clos L’Eglise Pomerol. Bitter chocolate, floral, boysenberry, black cherry, smoke, truffle and vanilla make up the complex aromatics. The palate is pure silk and velvet with a richness that would please most hedonistic tasters. The black cherry and fudge finish has a minor sensation of dryness and vanilla in the end note. My previous reservations about the wine were based on too much of an oaky sensation. At 14 years of age, and an hour in the glass, it looks like I was wrong. As I have a few more bottles left, it will be interesting to see how this wine continues to develop.
May 29, 2012points - Tasted 3499 Views
Oak, coffee, truffle, licorice, plums and coconut in the nose.. The fruit was sweet with round textures. The plummy, chocolate finish was marred by too much oak. The wine is not a problem yet. But at 12 years of age, it's an issue when a wine shows this much oak, It's possible this wine will dry out in another decade. This would have been better with less oak. The chateau has cut back on the amount of new oak used these days.
Jan 21, 2011points - Tasted 3044 Views
Dark ruby color. Jammy plums, caramel, smoke, truffle, spice and chocolate in the nose. Deep, dense, full bodied and rich. Chocolate covered blackbery, boysenberry and dark cherry, are easily found in the finish. The only minor issue with the wine is a hint of oak in the ending notes.
May 18, 2009points - Tasted 3556 Views
Very dense and sexy in the mouth. Intense sensations of chocolate and very ripe, black plums and dark raspberry are easy to find. This is another 98 that has continued getting better since release. Everything is coming together. Still young, this wine has a lot of positive evolution in its future.
Oct 14, 2008points - Tasted 3355 Views
Plum, espresso, vanilla, anise, dark chocolate, black cherry and floral elements start off this wine. Full bodied, lusty and rich, this dense wine ends with a sexy palate presence. Still young and tannic. Give it a few more years.
Aug 31, 2007points - Tasted 3278 Views
1955 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) ( Pomerol)
55 Clos L'Eglise was a wine I had never seen before. Based on this bottle, with a very good fill, sadly, it is a wine I hope not to see again. Some truffle, earth and tobacco notes were hanging on, but this was dead on arrival. Other than color, a quick whif of earth and tobacco, a short, tart finish was the best the wine could muster. It went downhill from there.
Nov 22, 2007points - Tasted 1674 Views