2023 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2023 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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2023 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Description

The 2023 Clos l’Eglise is the usual blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, picked on September 12 and finishing the following day for the Merlot, with the Cabernet Franc plucked from vine on October 1. 

It has a refined, very well-defined bouquet that is pure and poised, and the terroir is coming through stronger than its stablemate, Poesia, at the moment. The palate is very smooth on the entry, with a touch of dark chocolate infusing the black fruit. It is quite powerful in style, but the acidity keeps the leash tight. Possessing very good length, this should match the previous vintage in quality.

Drink 2028 - 2048

Neil Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Critics reviews

Jane Anson93/100

Smoky oak, good ift and zip, waves of rosemary and black chocolate, cocoa bean, espresso, intense but with peony and iris aromatics, and fresh waves of acidity that sends the palate upwards to meet blueberry fruits. Love the silky texture, and the grip, very appellation signature. Oldest vines here are more than 80 years, planted before the frost of 1956. Mathieu Bellot is the vineyard consultant, but no outside winemaking consultant.

Drink 2029 - 2042

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous92-94/100

The 2023 Clos l’Eglise is the usual blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, picked on September 12 and finishing the following day for the Merlot, with the Cabernet Franc plucked from vine on October 1. 

It has a refined, very well-defined bouquet that is pure and poised, and the terroir is coming through stronger than its stablemate, Poesia, at the moment. The palate is very smooth on the entry, with a touch of dark chocolate infusing the black fruit. It is quite powerful in style, but the acidity keeps the leash tight. Possessing very good length, this should match the previous vintage in quality.

Drink 2028 - 2048

Neil Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous93-95/100

The 2023 Clos l'Église presents a gorgeous contrast of intense dark fruit against a mineral backbone that confers energy. There's a ton of nuance here. Graphite, crushed rocks, plum, mocha, spice, leather and dried herbs are all vividly sketched. There's a bit more Cabernet Franc in this year's blend, as one of the Merlot parcels is being replanted. That results in an especially nuanced Clos l'Église that captures the best the year had to offer.

Drink 2028 - 2045

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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James Suckling95-96/100

14% alcohol. 3.7 pH. 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.

A very tight and focused red with racy tannins and a linear, racy texture. It’s medium-bodied with excellent energy and plenty of blackberry and olive flavoursVery long finish. 

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (May 2024)

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Decanter93/100

Strong aromatics, really quite deep and opulent and richTart and sour but then soft and almost creamy with some spiced notes in the background and some ferrous iron notes. Quite a lot of bite and tang. A little tight still, coiled and restricted on the finish by the wood and the slightly austere tannins but there’s good, slow expansion and a feeling of finesse as well as mouthwatering freshness. I like this, not charming as such but has some confidence and punch, although it’s a little toasted on the finish. Ageing 50-55% new oak.

Drink 2030 - 2042

Georgina Hindle, Decanter.com (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck92-94/100

Red, blue, and black fruits, chocolate, roasted herbs, and violet notes all emerge from the 2023 Clos L'Eglise, a broad, medium to full-bodied, supple, seamless beauty based on 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc brought up in 50% new oak. It's a much more round, supple, opulent wine in the portfolio, balanced with soft tannins and outstanding length. It hits 14% alcohol with a pH 3.70.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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About this WINE

Chateau Clos l'Eglise

Chateau Clos l'Eglise

Pomerol - owned by S.Garcan-Cathiard, this 6 ha property produces on average 2,800 cases per year. Located in the centre-east of the Pomerol appellation, next to Ch.Clinet, the property shares a similar climate to that enjoyed by both St.Emilion & Pomerol: more continental than the maritime Médoc with generally more spring rainfall, though less in summer & winter. Its vineyards (Merlot 57%; Cabernet Franc 36%; Cabernet Sauvignon 7%) lie on sandy-gravel topsoils, underpinned by a hard-pan clay subsoil. Fermentation in wooden vats before 24 months of maturation in new oak barrels.

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Pomerol

Pomerol

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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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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