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2011 Chateau L'Eglise Clinet Pomerol
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91-93 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2012

(90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc; 80% new oak):  Opaque purple-tinged ruby.  Closed nose hints at fresh blueberry, violet, minerals and spicy cocoa.  Juicy, bright and pure; less explosively perfumed and creamy than usual for this wine but more delicate and subtle than recent vintages.  Finishes long and lively, with chewy yet polished peppery tannins and lingering notes of dark berries, minerals and flowers.  A spicy character emerged as the wine opened in the glass.  I imagine that this Pomerol will pick up flesh over the next few years, while remaining beautifully pure.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.

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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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