2008 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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Fully ready to go, it’s easy to get lost in the wines ample charms. Supple, lush and plummy, with layers of chocolate-covered black cherries, flowers and truffles, this is a great expression of Pomerol that’s a treat in your glass. Drink from 2024-2035.

Fully ready to go, it’s easy to get lost in the wines ample charms. Supple, lush and plummy, with layers of chocolate-covered black cherries, flowers and truffles, this is a great expression of Pomerol that’s a treat in your glass. Drink from 2024-2035.

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The fruit is ripe, deep dark and plummy, Concentrated, full and showing its licorice, dark 100% cocoa filled chocolate, tobacco leaf and licorice work well with the ripe, sweet plums. Still a bit tight today, as expected, give this 3-5 years to fill out, soften and come together and you will have an outstanding wine.

The fruit is ripe, deep dark and plummy, Concentrated, full and showing its licorice, dark 100% cocoa filled chocolate, tobacco leaf and licorice work well with the ripe, sweet plums. Still a bit tight today, as expected, give this 3-5 years to fill out, soften and come together and you will have an outstanding wine.

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Everything is headed in the right direction here. Still young, so at least 2 hours of air is needed to bring out the soft, silky textures, freshness and complexity. Full bodied and concentrated, there is a brightness to the fruit that pairs well with its plummy, earthy, truffle and dark chocolate core. Air or 7 years of rest will bring this around to its full level of enjoyment.

Everything is headed in the right direction here. Still young, so at least 2 hours of air is needed to bring out the soft, silky textures, freshness and complexity. Full bodied and concentrated, there is a brightness to the fruit that pairs well with its plummy, earthy, truffle and dark chocolate core. Air or 7 years of rest will bring this around to its full level of enjoyment.

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Earth, fresh herbs, dark chocolate, licorice, plum and black cherry jam aromas are easy to find. On the palate, the full bodied wine is soft, polished, round and delivers a sweet, lush, cocoa and dark plum finish. If you like young wines, you can pop a cork, else give it another 4-5 years in the bottle. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.5% ABV.

Earth, fresh herbs, dark chocolate, licorice, plum and black cherry jam aromas are easy to find. On the palate, the full bodied wine is soft, polished, round and delivers a sweet, lush, cocoa and dark plum finish. If you like young wines, you can pop a cork, else give it another 4-5 years in the bottle. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.5% ABV.

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2008 L’Eglise Clinet continues to improve every time I taste this wine. With complex aromatics filled with spice box, blackberry, oak, chocolate, plums and fresh flowers, this silky, velvet textured, rich, round, concentrated Bordeaux wine ends with a mouthful of deep dark fruits and chocolate. 96 Pts

2008 L’Eglise Clinet continues to improve every time I taste this wine. With complex aromatics filled with spice box, blackberry, oak, chocolate, plums and fresh flowers, this silky, velvet textured, rich, round, concentrated Bordeaux wine ends with a mouthful of deep dark fruits and chocolate. 96 Pts

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08 Château L’Eglise Clinet is deep, dark ruby with purple accents. Blackberry and plum liquor with hints of truffle and Asian spice start off the nose. The fruit is intensely concentrated with great length. Polished and pure, this big Pomerol is better than the quite good 06, but is not at the same level as the majestic 05. Owner Denis Durantou says, “the difference between 05 and 08 was that the long hang time and low yields in 08 allowed the fruit to gain concentration and length”. 95-97 Pts

08 Château L’Eglise Clinet is deep, dark ruby with purple accents. Blackberry and plum liquor with hints of truffle and Asian spice start off the nose. The fruit is intensely concentrated with great length. Polished and pure, this big Pomerol is better than the quite good 06, but is not at the same level as the majestic 05. Owner Denis Durantou says, “the difference between 05 and 08 was that the long hang time and low yields in 08 allowed the fruit to gain concentration and length”. 95-97 Pts

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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.

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