1921 L'Eglise Clinet Pomerol Bordeaux - 100 pts - 750ml

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1921 L'Eglise Clinet Pomerol Bordeaux - 100 pts!

The 1921 I will never forget was the L'Eglise-Clinet. The most youthful of all the 1921s, it displayed an opaque, dark ruby/garnet color, gobs of sweet, jammy, opulent fruit, awesome concentration, high alcohol, and a vintage port-like character....

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Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1921
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pomerol
Color Red
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1921 L'Eglise Clinet Pomerol Bordeaux - 100 pts!

The 1921 I will never forget was the L'Eglise-Clinet. The most youthful of all the 1921s, it displayed an opaque, dark ruby/garnet color, gobs of sweet, jammy, opulent fruit, awesome concentration, high alcohol, and a vintage port-like character. Exhibiting few signs of age, it is a massive example of what Pomerol has done so exceptionally well for so long - make more hedonistic and decadent wines from Merlot and Cabernet Franc that taste better and hold their fruit longer than most Medocs! The 1921 L'Eglise-Clinet and 1921 Petrus were two of the most profoundly great wines I have ever consumed.

One of the unmistakable impressions left by the entire Rodenstock tasting (every series was served blind) was how frequently the less-renowned Pomerols and, to a lesser extent, St.-Emilions triumphed over their more renowned and aristocratic brethren from the Medoc and Graves. In the flight of 1921s, the right bank wines were examples of profoundly concentrated, extraordinary Bordeaux.

Other than a handful of 1921s that ranged from several surprisingly strong examples of Montrose, to old, decrepit bottles of Cheval Blanc, this great vintage has largely escaped my palate. But to paraphrase the late A.J. Liebling, "if you can't afford them, then it's nice to know someone who can." 1921 was one of those extremely hot Bordeaux growing seasons (more recently 1947, 1949, 1959, 1982, 1989, and 1990 have enjoyed similar summers and harvests). Because of high alcohol, low acidity, and a certain fragility to the wines, the vintage has always been considered to be very great, but short-lived.. This flight represented an extraordinary, once in a lifetime opportunity to look at some of that vintage's greatest wines - all purchased from private cellars in Europe in pristine condition. Only the Gruaud Larose had been recorked. RP

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