2016 Chateau Clos L'Eglise

Year: 2016
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92-95
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 94-95
Jeb Dunnuck: 94-96+--Jeff Leve: 96
Red Wine

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DUE IN: SPRING 2019

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$109.95

"Fresh, bouncy blueberry and boysenberry fruit is hard to resist, while lively anise and fruitcake notes fill in behind it. Has a gloss of spice-infused toast on the finish, but that should meld with the élevage, as the fruit is copious. Score range: 92-95 -JM " (WS)

"The 2016 Clos l'Eglise is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and was the first to be picked by the Garçin-Léveque family (before Barde-Haut, d'Arce and Poesia). It has a high pH of 3.65 and it was matured in 100% new French oak. It has a very intense bouquet with macerated small black cherries, raspberry coulis, oyster shells and crushed violets, well defined and quite penetrating in style. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, layers of black fruit laced with black pepper and a touch of black pepper. There is a little chewiness to the texture towards the harmonious finish, which is one of the most primal that I have encountered in recent years. The barrel maturation will lend a little more sheen to this Pomerol--a long-term prospect that will deserve several years in bottle." (WA)

"The 2016 Clos L'Eglise is endowed with tremendous density and lushness. Blackberry jam, chocolate, leather, spice and licorice give the 2016 much of its flamboyant, forward personality. Readers should expect a rich, explosive Pomerol built on textural resonance. The 2016 spent 18 months in French oak (300-500L barrels), 80% new. This is a terrific showing from Hélène Garcin and Patrice Lévêque." (VM)

"A linear yet full-bodied young red with berries, firm tannins and lots of flavor and intensity. Fun and dynamic sample. Potentially better than 2015." (JS)

"More backward and reserved than the 2015, the 2016 Clos l'Eglise is an 80/20 split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc brought up in new barrels. It reveals copious amounts of blackberry fruits, scorched earth, and graphite, and is full-bodied, powerful, and dense on the palate. Possessing notable acidity and no shortage of tannins, it’s a wine built for the long haul." (JD)

"Rich, lush opulent, multi faceted wine with layers of black plums, chocolate, black cherries, licorice, truffle and wet earth. Sexy in its nature, this is just a beauty. 1644 Views Tasted May 19, 2018" (JL)