The 2001 l’Eglise-Clinet is a wine that I have encountered many times both from bottle and magnum. It is a superb Pomerol with a crystalline bouquet that exudes pure red berry fruit laced with smoke and truffle, almost Burgundian in style with immense precision. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful harmony and precision thanks to its filigree tannin. Such is the elegance on display here that it belies the power and length, ferrous notes, even a hint of curry leaf furnishing the finish. Superb.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2050
Robert Parker 94
The Château l’Eglise-Clinet 2001, which was served from magnum, is a worthy follow-up to the millennial release and might be unfairly overshadowed by it. The 2001 has a slightly lighter and more feminine bouquet, but it delivers the same level of beguiling delineation and crystalline raspberry and cranberry fruit. This has a Burgundy-like purity, very harmonious in the mouth with very fine acidity. There is a sense of harmony interwoven into this Pomerol-a gentle build towards the lightly spiced, truffle-tinged finish that will put a smile on any wine-lover’s face. One of the prettiest wines under Denis Durantou’s reign, it might not have the prowess of the 2000, but it has plenty of class. Tasted March 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035
Served blind. Smelt just of beautifully mature claret. Extremely rich, sweet and opulent on the palate. In the glass it became even sweeter and a little grainy with a hint of salt. A magnificent bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030