Château L'Eglise Clinet
Amongst the top echelons of Pomerol, Château L'Eglise-Clinet is quite a small Bordeaux estate with a holding of just 5.5-hectares of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Located on Pomerol’s famed plateau, the terroir of gravelly clay soils builds L'Eglise-Clinet’s signature style of concentrated and aromatic complex wines. This magnificent 200-year-old property has been under the ownership and management of Denis Durantou since 1983. Under his leadership the tiny estate has modernized their cellars, adding stainless-steel tanks, temperature controlled vats, and increasing the amount of new, French oak used in maturation. The deep-rooted vineyards, some nearing 100-years-old, along with the updated vinification facilities have led to the production of exemplary Pomerol wines. Vintage after vintage the quality of L’Eglise-Clinet continues to improve. The Grand Vin, L’Eglise-Clinet is a magnificent structured, dense classically proportioned example of the appellation. The château also produces Le Petite L’Eglise, which is not thought of as a second wine by Durantou, it is an expression his vineyards that sit on the sandy gravelly soil plots. Montlandrie comes from the limestone and clay terroir of his Côtes de Castillon vineyard, it is a Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend.