There is a strong case to be made for the opulent, Merlot-dominated wines of Pomerol being the most indulgent of vinous treats available to mere mortals. As the days shorten, the ordeal of the school run returns, increased traffic adds more time to our daily commutes, and Autumn generally gets its rosy claws into us, the allure of such indulgences naturally heightens.
If you’re contemplating treating yourself in the near future, perhaps you have a very special celebration coming, we’d suggest you consider Clos L’Eglise 1999 – a rather special, mature Pomerol that is currently offering spectacular drinking – as luck would have it we have a small parcel of the wine available at the best price in the market.
Clos L’Eglise is firmly established in the top rank of Pomerol producers, alongside many of its more expensive neighbours. Based around the site of the old church in the middle of Pomerol’s plateau it is superbly sited. Production is tiny, being in the region of about 1200 cases each year, making this a very scarce wine. Substantial improvements in the winery and vineyards followed the purchase of this previously low key property by Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard in 1997.
A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling. The style of the wines has increased in depth, complexity, richness and sheer hedonism, leading American critic Robert Parker to give consistent rave reviews to these wines ever since Mme Garcin-Cathiard took control.
‘The 1999 Clos l’Eglise is a tremendous success for the vintage. It is showing even better from bottle. A stunningly complex nose of vanilla, espresso, plums, figs, charcoal, and black cherry liqueur jumps from the glass of this flamboyantly-scented wine. In the mouth, it is all sex appeal, with silky, voluptuous flavors, sweet tannin, low acidity, and ripe, concentrated flavors. Drink it over the next 10-14 years; it might last even longer given its brilliant balance. Drink: 2002 – 2016′
93/100 The Wine Advocate # 140 Robert Parker
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