La Petite Eglise 2012
95 points, “When your second wine tastes as good as this, you can imagine how special the Grand Vin is… Likely to be a bargain, on past form.” – Tim Atkin
This Pomerol is the second label of Denis Durantou’s Château l’Eglise-Clinet. With Grand Vin usually oversubscribed, for many this is the only way to get a glimpse into the phenomenal estate. Not designed to be a baby version of l‘Eglise Clinet as the name might suggest, La Petite Eglise is 100% Merlot from the more sandy and gravelly soils, so has quite a different character. And writing for Wine Advocate, wine critic Neal Martin said of the 2012 vintage: “If I taste a better value Right Bank wine, I would be astonished.”
La Petite Eglise 2012 has something almost Burgundian in its fruit profile. Hedgerow berries, red cherries and black plums are entwined with herbes de Provence, cedar, vanilla, spices and toasted scone topped with clotted cream. Calling this a stunner, just doesn’t do it justice, but that’s what it is.
Denis Durantou’s cult Pomerol “has constantly entranced [wine critic Neal Martin’s] senses”, having quickly become one of the region’s most sought-after wines in any vintage, and a real rival to Pétrus and Lafleur. Only around 5 hectares in size, the Grand Vin is made in tiny quantities and always proves a battle to come by. Located on the plateau, L’Eglise-Clinet is a concentrated and complex style of Pomerol that needs decades of careful cellaring before it unfolds its full wingspan. So in the meantime, sip the wonderful value La Petite Eglise.
£7.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2959483
Style No.: 726348
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