L'Eglise Clinet 1997
Tasting Notes L'Eglise Clinet 1997
A concentrated, seductive, and age-worthy offering, this dark ruby/purple-colored 1997 possesses gorgeous symmetry, abundant quantities of seductive black raspberry and cherry fruit, full body, a fat, chewy mid-palate, and roasted blackberries, coffee, and toasty oak in the finish. A superb effort for the vintage, it can be drunk now (because of its low acidity and sweet tannin), or cellared for 15+ years. Bravo!
Tasted single blind at FINE magazine's vertical in Dusseldorf. The Cabernet Franc comes through very strongly on the nose: chestnut, savoury fruit, smoked bacon. This is the youngest wine to show a little rusticity and perhaps just a touch of brett. The medium-bodied palate is well balanced and although there is very fine fruit concentration, the tannins are not as fine as more recent vintages and it becomes foursquare after time in the glass. Tasted February 2011.