2005 Chateau Clos L'Eglise 1.5 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 95
Jeff Leve: 94
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"Offers a wonderful nose of crushed berry, blackberry and dark chocolate. Jumps out of the glass. Full-bodied, with seamless, velvety tannins and fabulous flavors of vanilla, berry, chocolate and cappuccino, followed by a long, caressing finish. Hard to say if this will be better than the 2000, but equally outstanding. Best after 2012. 1,000 cases made." (WS)

"The talented and charming Sylvie Garcin runs this tiny property of 15 acres, planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in 100% new oak. The 2005 is dense ruby/purple, with notes of smoky barbecue, crushed blackcurrants and jammy cherries, with some licorice and earth in the background (truffle?). This full-bodied, multi-dimensional, full-throttle and concentrated Pomerol is top class. This is a great example of the vintage and of this beautiful terroir not far from Pomerol’s church. Approachable now, it will even improve for another 5-10 years and drink well for at least two more decades." (WA)

"($225; 14% alcohol) Full red-ruby. Superripe, even decadent aromas of plum, redcurrant and caramel; very Pomerol. Like liquid silk in the mouth, with an extravagant sweetness and lushness to the middle palate. Wonderfully fine-grained and rich, with its fruit component in the background today. The finish goes on and on, and is almost shockingly vibrant. In terms of aromatic persistence, this was one of the longest wines of my week on the Right Bank. A compelling wine." (VM)

"If you’re in the mood for smoky truffles, licorice and dark plums, you came to the right place. Especially if you're seeking lush, sweet, silky berries, and a touch of oak along with some tannin that remains needing to resolve. The wine is offering great pleasure now and will only get better with a more time in the cellar. 94 points - Tasted Jun 28, 2015" (JL)