L'Eglise Clinet 2006
Tasting Notes L'Eglise Clinet 2006
Tasted single blind at FINE magazine’s vertical in Dusseldorf. This has a more floral bouquet where the oak needs more time to integrate. Black cherries, crushed stone, just a touch of cassis. With further aeration, there is a curious clayey note that transfers straight to the Pomerol vineyard. The palate is full-bodied, very concentrated with pure blackberry, macerated black cherries and a touch of lemon rind; very good tension towards the finish that does not quite have the peacocks tail at the moment. That will come with time. Tasted February 2011.
One of the greatest wines of the vintage is, not surprisingly, from proprietor Denis Durantou. A remarkable effort in every sense, the 2006 l’Eglise Clinet is not far off the quality of the prodigious 2005. Its inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by a powerful nose of mocha, caramelized red and black fruits, smoke, graphite, and truffle. Massive and rich with full-bodied power, excellent focus and definition, and moderately high tannin, this is an “outlier” for the vintage (as Malcolm Gladwell would say) with unbelievable length and richness. Unfortunately, patience will be essential as it needs a minimum of 5-6 years of cellaring. It will age effortlessly for three decades.