l'Eglise Clinet 1998
Tasting Notes and Scores
-Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No 7
This wine has been so impressive over the last decade that it can now be said to rival Petrus. This effort should turn out to be one of the longest-lived Pomerols of the vintage. It is backward, and has closed down since bottling, but make no mistake about it ... this is a dazzling, serious vin de garde. An opaque purple color is followed by a restrained but promising bouquet of sweet black raspberries intermixed with vanillin, caramel, and minerals. The wine is full-bodied, powerfully tannic, beautifully textured, and crammed with extract (an assortment of black fruits). While it is bursting at the seams, purchasers will need to wait a minimum of 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.
A slightly lighter colour compared to La Mondotte. The nose is in a different class, fundamentally with far more definition and freshness, a mineral component that lends the bouquet so much definition and vivacity. Black cherries, raspberries and a touch of boysenberry, still surprisingly primal after a decade. The palate is full-bodied, very closed and backward, almost coarse in texture but still supremely well balanced with a tightly wound structure. Touches of graphite and singed leather on the long, long finish. I would not approach this with a barge pole at the moment, but it will surely render tasters speechless in 20-25 years time. Tasted March 2008.