1998 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol Wine Tasting Note


1998 Château L'Eglise-Clinet  (Pomerol) 96

Still young, tannic and slightly muscular, the wine has character, complexity, opulence, balance and freshness. I would like to see a bit more of a velvet edge to the texture, but this is turning out to be a very good wine that should offer pleasure for at least another 25-30 years.

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This is taking a long time to develop, but the old adage, good things are worth waiting for" is certainly true with this beauty. Intensity, concentration, depth of flavor and raw material really give your palate something to think about. With an hour in the decanter, the nose, with its sweet, cherry, earth and licorice come alive. The tannins are soft and silky, and the fruit has a spicy, pure sensation that really lingers. I suspect this will be even better in another 3-4 years. But there is no need to wait. If you have a bottle, pop a cork!

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Exotic plums, truffle, ripe, sweet black cherries and forest floor notes are easy to find in the perfume. Concentrated, lush, ripe, full bodied, round and sweet, this is developing well, showing its secondary characteristics, but it’s still youthful, finishing with sensuous textures and layers of plummy fruit.

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Built to age, still young, this fresh, vibrant , young, structured wine has depth of flavor, with truffle, earth, cocoa and dark berries in its personality. The long finish is filled with ripe, black raspberries, cherries and spice. The wine is a bit on the firm side for Pomerol. 5-7 more years in the bottle should soften its character.

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This dark hued wine is a structured, serious Pomerol. Filled with spice, black cherry, coco and black raspberry aromatics and concentrated with satiny fruit, this sublime wine will continue developing complexities forat least two decades.

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Black raspberry, spring flowers, mocha and an exotic orange peel note start the wine off. Full bodied and filled with ample layers of sexy, polished dark berries, ripe plums and opulent black cherry in a long, pure finish.

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This is a structured and serious Pomerol. Black purple color with spice, black cherry and black raspberry aromatics. Still young, this intense wine needs another 5-10 years before entering maturity.

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April Pomerol LEglise Clinet Durantou Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau L'Eglise Clinet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau L'Eglise Clinet needs time before it begins to show its true character. L'Eglise Clinet needs at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages until it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-4 hours.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau L'Eglise Clinet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-40 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau L'Eglise Clinet with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau L'Eglise Clinet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau L'Eglise Clinet is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau L'Eglise Clinet is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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