L'Eglise Clinet 2000
Tasting Notes L'Eglise Clinet 2000
Incredible concentration and richness in this wine. This is good stuff, loads of complexity with notes of flowers, vanilla, and ripe fruit. Still drinking like a baby, this is full, soft, and long. Opulent and gorgeous right now but give this five years and you'll be better off. Pull the cork in 2015. So much fruit for a Bordeaux. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
A stunning wine with extraordinary concentration, but still somewhat backward, this 2000 needs much more time than I projected seven years ago. It boasts an inky/dark purple color along with an intense nose of kirsch, blackberries, licorice, caramel, and flowers. Full-bodied with abundant tannin as well as a multidimensional, thick texture, this unevolved Pomerol has not changed much since its 2003 release. Gorgeous purity and a natural mouthfeel make for a dazzling wine that will benefit from another 5-10 years of cellaring, and last for three decades thereafter. It is a legendary effort!
Tasted single blind at FINE magazine's vertical in Dusseldorf. This is relatively broody compared to other vintages: dark fruits, blackberry, a touch of potter's wheel and cedar. Well defined although not a powerful nose. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly hard tannins, good weight though, real backbone here with a hint of vanilla pod towards the powerful minerally, briary finish. Exquisite poise, ambitious yet remaining composed, but ferociously backward at the moment. Tasted February 2011.