Clos du Clocher is an elegant Pomerol style and a wonderfully pure expression of the vineyard’s terroir – perfect for short- medium-term drinking for the vintage.
Annual production is just 2000 cases and the legendary consultant Michel Rolland consistently produces fine red wines of real elegance from a modest 7 hectares. In a diminishing field, this elegant style is one of Pomerols very best values, despite the fact that its fame is gaining on the back of excellent vintages.
A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Clos du Clocher springs from the glass with vibrant scents of crushed black cherries, fresh blackberries and mulberries plus suggestions of Indian spices, menthol and graphite. The medium to full-bodied palate is bright and energetic, packed with crunchy black fruits and framed by grainy tannins, finishing long and refreshing.
93/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
The 2018 Clos du Clocher is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel. Inky, layered and exquisitely beautiful, the 2018 balances fruit richness with a level of detail that hasn't always been present. Crème de cassis, mocha, lavender, mint and new oak fill out the layers as this ample, inviting Pomerol shows off its seductive personality. There's a lot to like here.
93/100 - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Tasted March 2021)
The 2018 Clos du Clocher has a very pure and seductive bouquet of that blackberry and raspberry fruit that I picked out from barrel, but now with more floral elements: iris and touches of violet. The oak here is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of blackberry and bilberry. This has a fine spine that lends it focus. Not overly powerful, but the salinity washes over the finish and urges you back for another sip. Jean-Baptiste Bourotte has overseen an excellent Pomerol meriting 2–5 years in the cellar.
93/100 - Neal Martin, Vinous (Tasted March 2021)