Clos du Clocher 2018
• Domaine: Clos du Clocher
• Appellation: Pomerol
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
From the tight-knit village of Pomerol, Clos du Clocher is a true sleeper whose price has not caught up with its quality. Originally founded in 1924, located in the center of the Pomerol plateau, Clos du Clocher was put together piece by piece whenever opportunities allowed the owner to acquire more plots or a row of vines. As the plan shows, some of its vines are planted next to Château Trotanoy, some next to Château Vieux Château Certan. Its best plots are not far from the vines owned by Château Latour a Pomerol and Château La Fleur-Pétrus. Not to mention, it has some illustrious neighbors: Le Pin (5 minutes walk), La Conseillante, Beauregard, Petit Village, Pétrus (15 minutes walk). The annual production averages about 1600 to 2000 cases. Need us say more?
"The 2018 Clos du Clocher, picked from 27 September until 5 October, was matured in 60% new oak. It has a classic Pomerol bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit laced with smoke and black truffle. The palate is quite intense, as you would expect, since the yield was 32hL/ha. Supple tannins, very saline in the mouth with a generous sprinkling of black pepper on the finish. This is an impressive Pomerol in the making with very good persistence. Superb." - Neal Martin, vinous.com, (November, 2019) Ratings: 93-95, Drink: 2023-2045
"Composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the deep purple-black colored 2018 Clos du Clocher slips sensuously out of the glass with kirsch, black cherry compote and preserved plums scents with hints of Chinese five spice, candied violets and Ceylon tea. Full-bodied, rich and laden with black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers, it has a soft texture and just a spark of mid-palate freshness, finishing long and opulent." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, (4/23/2019, Bordeaux 2018 Issue), Rating: 94-96
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