Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2012 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol (OWC - 94JS, 94VN, 92WS, (89-91ST), 90RP) in original wood. James Suckling: "Wow. This is really gorgeous and sexy with super integrated tannins, juicy rich fruit and a bright acidity. It gives an impression of being seamless on the palate." (04/2013)
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2012 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol (qty: 6)
Tasted blind. Rather occluded nose with some hemp/old-rope notes. Blackcurrant pastilles too. Lots of interest and fundament. I can almost taste those roots reaching deep into the Pomerol plateau! Super-impressive. 18.5/20 points.
Wow. This is really gorgeous and sexy with super integrated tannins, juicy rich fruit and a bright acidity. It gives an impression of being seamless on the palate.
The 2012 Clos l'Eglise is a beautiful blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from Hélène Garcin (whose family owns Barde-Haut, Branon and Haut-Bergey, as well as the Malbec producer in Argentina called Poesia). She has done a phenomenal job at this estate since the late 1990s. Rich, chunky, coffee, mocha and berry fruit jump from the glass of this medium-bodied wine that shows excellent fruit intensity, soft tannins and a juicy, round, mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)
Deep purple-ruby. Brooding nose hints at dark cherry, violet and pepper. Starts sappy and juicy, with accessible, ripe black cherry, pepper and spice flavors, then turns mountingly tannic on the back half. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins that will require considerable patience. This serious Pomerol will likely develop more slowly than many other Right Bank wines from this vintage.
The 2012 Clos L'Eglise is wonderfully lifted in the glass, with plenty of Cabernet Franc aromatics woven throughout a core juicy, layered fruit. Rose petal, mint, cinnamon and sweet red berries grace the palate. Exquisite and beautifully nuanced throughout, the 2012 offers exceptional balance, with polished, silky tannins that round out the creamy finish. The 2012 is quite open today, but it could use another few years to soften further. The 2012 is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Proprietor Hélène Garcin and her husband Patrice Leveque continue to raise the bar here and at their other properties in the region. (AG)
On the chunkier side for now, with ganache and espresso notes lending a lightly firm frame to the crushed plum and blackberry fruit. There's plenty of flesh here as well, and a roasted earth accent on the finish. Should knit together with cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2025. (JM)