L'Eglise Clinet 1989
Tasting Notes L'Eglise Clinet 1989
The 1989 L'Eglise-Clinet is more rustic and not as expressive as the L'Evangile '89 tasted alongside. There also seems to be more VA on this bottle. The palate is dense and backward with plenty of black fruit. This is animally in character with a touch of brett infusing the plump, aniseed tinged finish. Yes, there is still something almost Rhone-like about the 1989, but it is still a delicious Pomerol, though not at the same level as recent vintages. Drink now-2020. Tasted October 2012.
Somewhat inconsistent in all of my tastings, this wine has far more evolved color than the 1990, showing considerable amber at the edge. The moderately intense nose of brown sugar, malt chocolate, cedar, mulberries, and cherries is followed by a medium-bodied wine that seems to be fully mature. Its texture is a bit gritty, with some tannins poking their head through, and the wine is not as sweet and opulent as its sibling, the 1990. Nevertheless, this is an excellent bottle. It just seems short of magic, missing the extra layers of flavor and length that merit its lofty reputation. Anticipated maturity: Now-2016. Last tasted, 5/02.