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  • Country ranking ?

    88
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola Cheese

The Story

Since 1983, Denis Durantou has been at the helm of this historic estate. He has quietly performed something of a revolution, introducing a host of innovations and bringing his wine-making philosophy to one of the greatest terroirs in Bordeaux. The 4.5 hectares used for the grand vin are situated next to the church in Pomerol on gravel and clay soils. A further 1.5 hectares of on sandy soils account for the excellent Petite Eglise. 

Denis’ wines receive many accolades, all richly deserved. The grand vin is consistently amongst the best wines of the vintage; they are typically perfumed, nuanced and posses the structure to age gracefully for many decades.

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Vintage 2016

Pomerol / St Emilion / Olivier Berouet of Ch Petrus describes 2016 as “a vintage that is only comparable to itself.” The clay substrata played an important role in maintaining sufficient soil moistures. Typically the wines are round, supple and richly flavoured with beautiful aromatic complexity, fine plentiful tannins, superb fruit definition and mineral length. The wines have incredible dimension and balance. Vieux Chateau Certan is in a league of its own with its very clear inimitable house style and luxurious quality. Ch Petrus, Ch Lafleur, Ch Lafleur Petrus, Ch Latour a Pomerol, Ch L’Evangile and Ch La Conseillante are lovely. 

The wines of St Emilion are quite varied but many have a dark inky quality with superb pastille-like fruit and fine chalky textures. Ch Cheval Blanc is very impressive this year and is clearly one of the wines of the vintage. Ch Figeac is slightly more vigorous than its neighbour, but it has made one of the best wines in twenty years, presumably because of the high proportions of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Ch Pavie is also impressive and it is just great to see this legendary marque actually produce a wine in keeping with it’s status. Ch Pavie Macquin, Ch Pavie Decesse, Ch Canon, Ch Tertre Rotebeouf and Ch Troplong Mondot are all worth seeking out

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Written Notes

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with excellent aroma reminiscent of ripe plums, black cherries, violets with spicy hints of liquorice in the background. On the palate perfectly structured and ripe tannins, freshness and great length, a wine with monumental elegance. A lot of power, but quite hidden. 97

  • 97p

Deep ruby. Dark fruits, some spices, liquorice, blackberries, exotic notes, richer and layered, has depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, sweet fruit, blueberries, coffee, blackberries, some spices, intense, deeper, vanilla, structured, long. 95-97

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Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  L'Eglise-Clinet 2016  ( Château L'Eglise-Clinet  )

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with excellent aroma reminiscent of ripe plums, black cherries, violets with spicy hints of liquorice in the background. On the palate perfectly structured and ripe tannins, freshness and great length, a wine with monumental elegance. A lot of power, but quite hidden. 97

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  L'Eglise-Clinet 2016  ( Château L'Eglise-Clinet  )

Deep ruby. Dark fruits, some spices, liquorice, blackberries, exotic notes, richer and layered, has depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, sweet fruit, blueberries, coffee, blackberries, some spices, intense, deeper, vanilla, structured, long. 95-97

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