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Domaine de l’ Eglise History, Overview
Domaine de l’Eglise is one of several Pomerol producers using L’Eglise as part of their name. Domaine de l’Eglise could be the oldest vineyard in the entire Pomerol appellation.
It is thought that the estate was founded in the 16th century. There are records dating the estate back to 1589. Although at its inception, the property was probably used as a hospital or even a hospice for lepers.
Jumping ahead to more modern times, like many estates, the vineyards of Domaine de l’Eglise were devastated in the 1956 frost. The vineyard needed to be completely replanted. At some point after the replanting took place, the owner of the estate made a management and sales agreement with Borie Manou.
In 1972 a deal was struck when the Landard family, who had owned the vineyard since 1793, sold Domaine de l’Eglise to the well-known Casteja family and Borie Manou.
After the purchase in 1972, Philippe Casteja was placed in charge in managing the Pomerol estate. It took several years before the estate began producing strong wines. Starting with the 2009 vintage, the quality of wine being produced at Domaine de l’Eglise took a turn for better, which is easy to see, once you’ve tasted the wines.
Domaine de l’Eglise Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 7 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Domaine de l’Eglise is planted to 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is located not far from several famous neighbors including: Chateau LEvangile, Chateau Clinet and Chateau LEglise Clinet. While they have parcels in various locations on the plateau, their best parcels are planted close to the church, not far from their old, stone chateau.
On average, the vines are an impressive 40 years of age at Domaine de l’Eglise Pomerol. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,200 vines per hectare. The terroir is mostly gravel and sand with clay soil.
To produce the wine of Domaine de l’Eglise, vinification takes place in four, short, 100 hectoliter, temperature controlled, stainless vats. The wine is then aged in an average of 40% new, French oak barrels for between 16 and 18 months, depending on the character and style of the vintage, before bottling.
On average, the annual production hovers close to 2,500 cases of Pomerol wine per vintage at Domaine de l’Eglise.
The best vintages of Domaiane de l’Eglise are: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001 and 2000. Although you really see improvements in the wine starting with 2015, the 2019 remains the best vintage ever produced at the property.
The Casteja family, along with their negociant arm own several other Bordeaux estates including Chateau Trotte Vieille in St. Emilion, Chateau Batailley in Pauillac and another value priced Pomerol estate, Chateau La Croix du Casse.
When to Drink Domaine de l’Eglise, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine de l’Eglise can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine de l’Eglise is usually better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Domaine de l’Eglise offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Domaine de l’Eglise with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Domaine de l’Eglise is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine de l’Eglise is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Domaine de l’Eglise is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château du Domaine de l'Eglise Wine Tasting Notes
14 Vintages 35,890 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2019||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
The color is so dark it tells you that you're not in Kansas anymore. Flowers, licorice, truffle, spice, wet earth, smoke and plum liqueur aromatics get noticed easily. In the mouth, this rockstar wine coats your palate with fruit that does not quit. Opulence bordering on decadence in texture, the fruit feels like polished velvet. Rich and nuanced, concentrated and fresh, the fruit, earth and bitter chocolate endnote sticks with you for over 50 seconds. Produced from a blend of 97% Merlot and 3%, this is so good, I want some for my cellar. This is the finest wine ever produced here in the history of the estate and should age effortlessly for 3 decades. 96-98 Pts
3,921 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied, elegant and fresh, you'll find plum, vanilla and floral notes on the nose. This wine is focused on its silky, soft textures and sweetness in the ripe earthy plums. The wine was made from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 91-93 Pts
1,625 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Dominated by Merlot with a bend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with flowers, chocolate and plums. Medium/full bodied with soft, silky tannins and more chocolate covered plums in the finish, the wine has freshness and should age reasonably too.
1,400 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
With a little bit of truffle poking through the fruit, the wine is starting to tighten up. Still, with a little effort you can find the sweetness of the fruit that are only made by better by the silkiness in the tannins. But you need to wait at least 3-4 years before this starts to reopen. The wine was made from a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.
920 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Black raspberries dripping with juices, budding floras, anisette and earthy scents take no effort to discover. Medium bodied, succulent, honed and high-toned with spicy plums and soft tannins in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.
1,396 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Black raspberries, night blooming blossoms, cocoa, a smattering of fennel and a touch of mint on the nose. Medium-bodied, silky tannins, soft in texture with a cocoa-dusted, earthy flair and fresh, black cherries in the finish. Unfortunately, there is a hint of bitterness in the finish that prohibits this wine from scoring higher. The wine was made from a blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. 89 - 91 Pts
2,173 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
|2014||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Dominated by Merlot, the wine is medium bodied, soft, forward and approachable, for its sweet, earthy, plum and herb notes. You can and should drink this young.
1,289 Views Tasted Mar 28, 2017
|2012||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc created a wine with a spicy black raspberry personality and drying tannins. 86-88 Pts
2,774 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2010||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, developing nicely, there is an enjoyable display of ripe, plums, coffee bean, licorice, earth and black cherries. Soft, with tannins remaining to resolve, this blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc could be even better with a few more years of age.
4,315 Views Tasted Nov 5, 2014
|2009||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Truffle, licorice, smoke and roasted plums come together on the nose and ripe, sweet, spicy, soft textured, plums come together on the palate. This is fully mature and will best of the next 4-6 years. The wine was made from a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.
1,309 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
Medium bodied, with a coffee, plum and earthy scented perfume. Not all that concentrated, but the fruit is sweet and good freshness, the texture is plush and the tannins are round. From a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, this is a fairly priced, chaming Pomerol.
3,190 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
|2008||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Ready to drink, this medium bodied wine kicks off with wet earth, thyme and cherry scents. Soft and easy to drink, the wine lacks some depth and character. Subsequent vintages are much better.
2,455 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2015
|2005||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Licorice, coffee and chocolate covered plums open to a round, soft, spicy, cocoa and plum filled, supple, round, Pomerol that is already starting to drink well.
3,766 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2011
|2004||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Not the most delicate Pomerol, but the plummy fruits, cherries and earthy characteristics work nicely here. Medium bodied, and on its way to round, the finish delivers bright, fresh, red berries.
1,693 Views Tasted Dec 13, 2017
|2001||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
Fully mature, medium bodied, soft in texture, with fresh, red cherry and plum tones, mocha, earth and licorice. There is no reason to age this any longer. It is fully ready to go.
2,059 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2016
|1953||Château du Domaine de L'Eglise (Pomerol)|
For a wine not known for aging, this was a revelation. The aromatics offered sherry, tobacco leaf, thyme and bright red fruits. The medium-bodied palate was still going, leaving you with orange, citrus and bright, cherries.
1,605 Views Tasted Oct 16, 2018