The 2011 L’Eglise-Clinet was picked 12 to 15 September for the Merlot and 24 September for the Cabernet Franc. It has a harmonious bouquet that does not quite possess the vivacity and fruit intensity of the 2012. This is much more conservative in style but still very attractive with scents of mulberry, black truffle and light mushroom scents, perhaps ushering in secondary aromas quicker than the 2012. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, crisp acidity, a little spicier than the succeeding vintage but with fine salinity towards the finish. Tasted at the l’Eglise-Clinet vertical at the château in April 2018.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045
Tasted blind. Very meaty on the nose. Savoury and saline on the palate. Vigorous and punchy. Great balance and life here with fruit and tannin in balance and signs of potential. Lots of sweetness.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034