The 2016 Clos du Clocher is a blend of 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc, picked 10-17 October at 44 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 65% new oak. This includes some vinification intégrale. It has a very clean and precise bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry and cold stone aromas, the oak beautifully integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, with an edginess from start to finish, and saline vein that becomes more evident towards the finish. I love the focus, the intent of this Clos du Clocher, never compromising one iota of finesse from start to finish. Being located smack bang on the plateau has really yielded dividends for this Pomerol and it should age with style over 20, maybe 30 years. (NM)
Barrel Sample. The tannins here are almost southern in their dusty character, structured and dense, yet at the same time the wine is ripe and fruity. It will be an impressive wine. (RV)
The 2016 Clos du Clocher is bold in style. Black cherry, plum, licorice, sweet spices and new oak flesh out in the glass. Racy and succulent to the core, Clos du Clocher captures all the radiance of the vintage in its flamboyant personality. This is a dense, opulent style and yet the 2013 has fabulous staying power. (AG)
A lovely vibrant purple, the Cabernet Franc really comes through very strongly, with an impression of tight cassis, blackberry leaf, tobacco, curling woodsmoke and violet. Beautifully precise and focussed, I love the fresh seam running through it. (JA)
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