This Right Bank estate gets its name from a church, as one might expect. Not the 19th century chapel that currently neighbors the vineyard, but a much older church, now demolished, erected in the 12th century. The adjacent Clos L'Eglise, also named for the ancient church, and L'Eglise Clinet, were once united under the ownership of the Rouchut family. They were divided in the late 1800s, L'Eglise Clinet ending up in the hands of the Durantou family, where it remains today.
Look to L'Eglise-Clinet for rich, classy wines made from a high percentage of Merlot vines planted on the Pomerol plateau. In spite of its often exotic aromas of black raspberry, mocha and caramel, this is rarely a heavy wine and has the density and balance for extended aging. 6 hectares of old vines (between 55-65 years) allow for plenty of concentration in young wines. The natural slope of the vineyards, in combination with clay and gravel soils, allows for optimal drainage and the ability to withstand rainy vintages.