2001 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol Wine Tasting Note


2001 Château L'Eglise-Clinet  (Pomerol) 94

Full-bodied, rich, concentrated, plummy and round, there is a depth of flavor, dusty tannins, length and structure. The wine is powerful and loads you up with truffle, dark red fruits, earth and dark chocolate.

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This is quite close to drinking at its peak. I am sure it will be at its best about 2021. But even today, with just a short decant, the luxurious, silky textures coupled with the truffle, dark chocolate, ripe black cherry, plum and licorice really hit the spot. Full bodied and sexy, this is just great juice for Pomerol lovers.

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Truffle, earth roses, hints of blue fruit, licorice, smoke and dusty chocolate aromas come right to the surface. Decanted 1 hour, the translucent ruby colored wine delivers a silky, sweet plum, black cherry finish that straddles the fence between refined and sensuous. This should continue getting better with age.

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With one hour in the decanter, the was served up sensuous, opulent textures, pure, plummy fruit and chocolate covered, black cherries, ending in a concentrated, wave of silky, sweet fruits. If you're looking to see why L'Eglise Clinet is on fire these days, this is a good bottle to try.

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Roses, truffle, chocolate, kirsch, black cherry, smoke and licorice create the complex perfume. Full bodied, smooth, silky, tannic and needing time, especially in this case as the wine was tasted from an undecanted magnum.

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2 hours of decanting brought this wine where it needed to be. Full bodied, rich and youthful, it's packed with juicy ripe black cherries, black raspberries, plums, truffle and dark chocolate. Rich and lush, this is very good now, and will be even better in a few more years. For some reason, I concluded this was a Thinking Man's Pomerol.

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Flowers, truffle, spicy blackberry and leafy aromas. Silky tannins, spicy black plums, sweet dark cherries and chocolate sensations are found in the plummy, supple finish. This is just opening up and starting to drink well.

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Licorice, coffee, herbs, dark berry and candied red fruit. Elegant, supple textures, full bodied and a long, rich dark fruit finish. This was one of the more backwards 2001 wines from the tasting.

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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.

Denis Durantou is a big fan and collector of photography. He recently published a book on the stunning, black and white photographs of Stephane Klein, "A L'est, L'Asie." His wife, Marie Reilhac Durantou, is an established painter and accomplished artist in her own right. When you are at the chateau in the tasting room, it is her artwork that adorns the stark, white walls. The colorful, original paintings of Marie Reilhac Durantou are for sale. So if you see one that you like, just ask.