The 2000 l’Eglise-Clinet was picked from 18 September and matured in 80% new oak. This has a magnificent bouquet with black fruit infused with bay leaf, smoke, freshly rolled tobacco and a touch of spice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite firm in the mouth with blackberry, clove, allspice and white pepper. This has always been a very complex millennial Pomerol with a very grippy, quite masculine finish and therefore decanting is advised. Denis Durantou informed that this was the only vintage neither fined nor filtered. Tasted at the l’Eglise-Clinet vertical at the château in April 2018.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060
Robert Parker 97
The Château l’Eglise-Clinet 2000 was the only vintage that Denis Durantou did not fine before bottling. It is blessed with a brilliant nose that possesses the intensity of the 1998, but I find this more focused and delineated. It has a level of purity that one can only describe as profound, scents of black cherry, cassis, cedar and black truffle unfolding with each passing moment in the glass. The palate has exquisite balance with salinity that gets the saliva flowing. There is a seam of spiciness, black pepper and rosemary that coat the mouth, but the overall style at the moment is linear and focused. The precision on the finish is enthralling, completing a fabulous l’Eglise-Clinet that rivets your feet to the spot (and maybe your palate, too?). Tasted March 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2045
Still dark crimson. Rich, intense, high-toned nose of bonfires then a very sweet concentrated palate entry. Still quite tight straight after opening. Dramatic wine with more than a hint of bone dry port. Long and throat-warming. I hope it will open out with a bit of aeration. Should stand up to roast beef well.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025