2021 Château du Domaine de l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2021 Château du Domaine de l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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2021 Château du Domaine de l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Merlot 100%

This is the oldest property in Pomerol, and its seven hectares of vines are mostly dispersed near Châteaux Clinet and l’Eglise-Clinet. The wine’s usual slightly rustic nature in youth means that it is often overlooked. But although perhaps not the most hedonistic Pomerol, it does age well. The 2021 has a luscious, almost creamy bouquet and first impression, before pulling in its horns on the palate, where it sits quite broodingly, and full of plum and earthy spice. Drink 2026-2038.

Our score: 15/20

Berry Bros. & Rudd, April 2022

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Jane Anson89/100

Cassis bud, black cherry, white pepper, clear persistency with a bitter chocolate finish. Should be ready within 4 to 5 years for drinking and deliver for a further decade. Acidity a little higher than in normal years, accentuated by alcohol that is around 1% lower than usual. 3.6ph. Harvest September 15 to October 15, long and slow.

Drink 2025 - 2038

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About this WINE

Château du Domaine de L'Église

Château du Domaine de L'Église

Domaine de L'Eglise is reputedly the oldest château and vineyard in Pomerol, this 6 hectare domaine was purchased by Emile Castéja, who owns Château Batailley and Château Trotte Vieille, in 1972. Much replanting took place and the wine, which is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, is now one of Pomerol`s smartest buys.

Previously the wine was elegant but light - nowadays the wine has more body and concentration, as a consequence of a longer maceration period as well as spending 18 months in oak barriques (65% new).

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Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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