2010 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2010 Château L'Eglise-Clinet  (Pomerol) 99

Already offering everything a great Pomerol needs, it took 60 minutes of air to bring out all the truffles, dark chocolate, cherries and plums we could handle. But here, it’s all that density and concentration with its opulent, velvety textures on the palate with its non-stop layers of decadent fruits in the finish that steals the show. Oh yes, this is Pomerol decadence at its best. 99 Points

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Deep in color, almost opaque, without decanting the wine explodes with smoke, truffle, coffee bean, wet earth, licorice, floral and plum liqueur. This is dense, incredibly rich, layered and concentrated. Structured to age, tannic, powerful and long, this sensuous wine deserves to be laid down for 10, 15 or even 20 years before its decadent nature awakens. 99 Points

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Inky and opaque in color, intense jammy black cherry, coffee, truffle, root beer, boysenberry, and chocolate notes. Powerful, rich, full bodied and structured, this needs more time to develop than the more sensuous and forward 2009 L’Eglise Clinet. The wine remains in your mouth more than 60 seconds building in flavor and complexity. Comparing both vintages over the next several years, or decades is going to be quite a task. Happily, I’m up for the job. 99 Points

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2010 L’Eglise Clinet 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc was used for the assemblage in 2010 which reached 14.6% alcohol and a pH of 3.62. Those figures equal what took place in the 2009 vintage. The wine will be aged in 70% new oak. . Fresh picked flowers, spice box, black raspberry, earth, clay and chocolate scents pop from the glass. In texture, the wine is suave, luscious and powerful. The finish is filled with sweet ripe, plums and chocolate that builds in the mouth ending with a long, fresh, pure, intense blackberry liqueur sensation. The only drawback in 2010 according to the owner Denis Durantou is, they produced 20% less wine, making this Pomerol even harder to find than usual. 96-98 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.