BI BARGAIN: Clos L’Eglise 2006
We’re delighted to bring you one of the last vintages of a stand-out chateau in Bordeaux, which proved to be extremely sought-after by one of the biggest names of the region... and all at a crazy price.
The world’s great winemakers aren’t just a dab hand in the vineyard and winery, they have a certain vision and ability to recognise the finest plots which are sometimes being under-utilised and have the potential to deliver really superb wines. Just such an example is Gerard Perse, pioneering owner of Chateau Pavie, who rarely misses an opportunity to add to his vineyard holdings when the right pieces of real estate come up. Back in 2007 he identified one such property in the finest area of the Castillon, about 4 miles east of St Emilion, called Clos L’Eglise.
Clos L’Eglise (not to be confused with the Pomerol estate of the same name) is a superb plot of old vines planted on a mix of clay and limestone soils which had developed a reputation for low yields of fruit with excellent weight and concentration. Gerard acquired the estate and, along with neighbouring property Sainte Colombe and the fruit of the young vines of Pavie, created the wine we know today as Esprit de Pavie. As part of the purchase, the as-yet-unreleased stocks of the 2006 vintage held at the chateau were sold to a single negociant in Bordeaux. We were fortunate enough to unearth it and when we opened a bottle in the office earlier this week, we found it a compelling prospect. Densely fruited, vibrant, harmonious – overall, hugely impressive.
And the price... surely some mistake? No, this is a genuine 11 year old claret with real pedigree for just GBP 16.50 per bottle on the table (or even less if you take 2+ cases). It’s all set to be a huge winner in BI Staff purchasing terms – so make sure you don’t miss out!
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Tasting Notes and Scores
Beautifully authentic, complex Right Bank nose of ripe and lightly cooked black cherries, plums, and a hint of caramel, pursued by secondary notes of warm leather and spice. The palate has great depth and (quite honestly) surprising concentration, clearly showing the focus on low yields rather than fruit volume; there is weight and texture, with rich cherry jam, baked plum and mocha flavours. It’s a really complete wine – given its relatively humble status and price tag, it is ageing quite brilliantly. Delicious, and a bargain.