2016 Chateau Clos du Clocher

Year: 2016
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94
Jeff Leve: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$59.95

"The 2016 Clos du Clocher is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and very earthy on the nose with cigar box, forest floor, truffles and charcoal aromas with black cherries and baked red and black plums. Elegantly styled, the palate is medium-bodied with perfumed fruit, a fine-grained frame and a long refreshing finish." (WA)

"The 2016 Clos du Clocher is gorgeous. Blackberry jam, chocolate, new leather and licorice add to the wine's racy, plush feel. Even with all of its textural richness, the 2016 retains terrific energy. The new oak needs time to fully integrate, but that is not enough to keep the 2016 from being hugely appealing in the early going. The 2016 has been impressive on the three occasions I have tasted it so far." (VM)

"The blackberry and dark-plum aromas are very prevalent here. Undertones of lemon rind and hot stones. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and chewy. Linear and focused with a fine line of tannins and acidity running through the center palate. Shows class. A blend of 75 per cent merlot and 25 per cent cabernet franc. Drink in 2022." (JS)

"Tasted on two separate occasions, the 2016 Château Clos du Clocher is unquestionably an outstanding Pomerol that shows the quality of this great vintage. Spiced red and black currants, dried flowers, loamy soil, and hints of chocolate all define this medium-bodied, pretty, balanced, elegant 2016 that builds incrementally on the palate, showing terrific mid-palate depth and sweet tannins. Give it a few years and it will keep for two decades." (JD)

"92–94. Barrel Sample. The tannins here are almost southern in their dusty character, structured and dense, yet at the same time the wine is ripe and fruity. It will be an impressive wine." (WE)

"Lush, soft, opulent, deep red fruits, licorice and perfectly ripe black cherries with a hint of chocolate that comes through in the finish. And it sells for a fair price too! 1667 Views Tasted May 19, 2018" (JL)