Denis Durantou has quietly established L’Eglise Clinet as one of the undisputed greats of Pomerol, with a great ability to craft wines that regularly surpass the expectations of the vintage. A small production, an exceptional terroir close to Petrus and a winemaker with over thirty years experience make this a Pomerol of rare breeding. Tasted single blind at FINE magazine's vertical in Dusseldorf. This has a smooth rounded bouquet with mulberry, dark cherry and a touch of liquorice. Good definition with a lot of ripe dark cherry, quite earthy fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannins, very succulent, perhaps a nod to the New World with a slight chocolaty finish. More forward ambitious, perhaps ravishing compared to other vintages, but this is one that still needs time. Tasted February 2011. Score: 91 Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, February 2011 Score: 86 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008 A soft and silky red, with raspberry and blackberry character and hints of chocolate. Medium body. Pleasing finish. Second wine of Eglise Clinet. Score: 85-88 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006 A special parcel of Merlot on sandy soil, made at Eglise Clinet. Rude and round and pretty and fine. Very burgundian. Plummy fresh and round. Gentle, easy, approachable. A little diffuse but very charming. Could be a good buy for relatively early drinking. Drink 2009-15 Score: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006 Concentrated plum, dark cherry and red fruit aromas are aided and abetted on the palate by good use of oak, cherry stone hints, a little coffee and even a touch of meat. This certainly shows some of the refinement and sophistication of Denis Durantou's Eglise Clinet and also has quite firm tannins and structure which will help it age well. Farr Vintners, May 2008 Denis Durantou’s second wine is a serious Pomerol in its own right, but at a fraction of the price of Eglise Clinet. Usually the best value wine in Pomerol. 50% of this is from the younger vines of L’Eglise Clinet and 50% is Merlot from a separate vineyard next to La Grave a Pomerol. Overall, it is 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc with a production of less than 1000 cases. On the nose there is lovely concentration of black and red berry fruit with touches of morello cherries and vanilla (it has 50% new oak). The palate is well-rounded, smooth, soft and polished. Should give delicious early drinking. GREAT VALUE. Score: 15.5 Farr Vintners, April 2006 Year in, year out from the same two parcels at L'Eglise-Clinet. Lacks the power of the grand vin but appealing. Fine, red fruit aromas. Palate round, fragrant with a fine tannic tram. Drink 2010-2018.