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2011 Chateau L'Eglise Clinet La Petite Eglise Pomerol
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86-89 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2012

(100% merlot; 50% new oak):  Bright ruby-purple.  Archetypical nose of merlot grown on gravel:  spicy plum, cassis, violet and minerals.  Enters tight and lean, with precise dark berry flavors complicated by coffee and cocoa nuances.  Finishes clean and persistent, with a delicate peppery bite.  This is an excellent second wine and a very serious merlot, though perhaps less immediately charming than some other examples of the variety.  Shows how a gravelly site can dominate merlot, turning it into something completely different than versions planted on clay. 

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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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