Once again, the 2005 Clos L’Eglise is fabulous. Deep, bold and luscious, the 2005 delivers the goods, and then some. Sweet red cherry fruit, plum, cedar, tobacco, mint, mocha and spice fill out the layers effortlessly. Even with all of its intensity, the 2005 retains terrific brightness and verve. What a pleasure it is to see this juicy, explosive Pomerol in such fine shape. It’s a superb wine from Hélène Garcin.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2035
Robert Parker 96
The talented and charming Sylvie Garcin runs this tiny property of 15 acres, planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in 100% new oak. The 2005 is dense ruby/purple, with notes of smoky barbecue, crushed blackcurrants and jammy cherries, with some licorice and earth in the background (truffle?). This full-bodied, multi-dimensional, full-throttle and concentrated Pomerol is top class. This is a great example of the vintage and of this beautiful terroir not far from Pomerol’s church. Approachable now, it will even improve for another 5-10 years and drink well for at least two more decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2045
James Suckling 95
This is wonderfully vivid and bright with black-olive skin, violets and lavender. Licorice, too. Full-bodied, tight and chewy. Very layered and refined. Focused and compressed. A wonderfully aromatic wine. Just opening now.
Jeb Dunnuck 96
This vintage continues to impress, and the 2005 Clos L’Eglise is nothing short of stunning. Boasting a youthful ruby/plum hue as well as sensational notes of red and black currants, camphor, graphite, dried herbs, and loamy earth, it’s full-bodied, multi-dimensional, flawlessly balanced, and has a finish that won’t quit. Still not quite at full maturity, it nevertheless dishes out loads of pleasure and will shine for another 20-25 years.