L'Eglise Clinet 2002
Tasting Notes L'Eglise Clinet 2002
Tasted single blind at FINE magazine's vertical in Dusseldorf. It seems harsh to claim that this was the least impressive wine of an impressive flight of recent vintage, although the 2002 does not have the same degree of opulence and fruite. It is slightly more herbaceous, still well defined, with touches of smoke and bay leaf. This is aromatically rather 'bolshie' at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry, the Merlot dominating at the moment, very pure with red cherries, wild strawberry, creme de cassis and a faint touch of peppermint towards the finish. I think the nose will open with time. Tasted February 2011.
A superficial, medium-weight effort, the 2002 exhibits far less sweetness and ripeness from bottle than it did from barrel. Like many 2002 right bank wines, it has dropped its fruit at an accelerated pace, resulting in a structured, austere, lean, angular offering.