Truly gorgeous Pomerol from a producer next to Trotanoy, Vieux Chateau Certan and La Fleur Petrus who has stepped up their quality and is now making wines of very high quality but it's still available at a very fair price. Gorgeous ripe aromas, cassis, plums and chocolate and smart wine-soaked oak, open knit, generous and classy but not too much; full and smooth and mouth-filling on the palate. This is divine wine that is very much to be enjoyed and drunk now. Of course, you can cellar it too, for 5 to 10 more years, but there is so much to enjoy now and in the next few years. Made from 77.5% Merlot / 22.5% Cabernet franc. 14.3% alc.
Clos du Clocher has stepped up a gear. Despite being neighbours of Trotanoy, Vieux Chateau Certan, La Fleur Petrus, all of whose 2011’s sell at over £100, Clos du Clocher has been a bit of an under-performer. It has been good to very good (with improvements already seen in their 2010, which we offered en primeur) but it needed some investment. All the ingredients are there to be the best. Jean-Baptiste Bourotte, owner, has been meticulous in his approach to the upgrade since 2009. It would not surprise us to see the wine at £50 in the next few years.
Some of the new things Jean-Baptiste Bourotte has changed since 2009: introduced a new technical director; making a larger barrel cellar for better selection; more new oak; smaller fermentation vessels from 2011, allowing them to choose the best fruit for the final blend; very shallow single depth picking trays; sorting berry by berry (!); high tech de-stemming machine (the first to trial it along with Haut-Brion); rootstock upgrades where necessary; picking small vineyard areas at different times; new gravity cellar and areas with step-by-step temperature control for the different processes in the cellar; specific leaf removal to avoid pyrazine aromas (leafy); and a dedicated full-time team for the vineyard. Additionally, they employ the well known consultants Michel Rolland and Christian Veyry.
Clos du Clocher (4.69 ha)
• 56% (2.63 ha) on parcels named « Plateau » (Tropchaud / 36-37 metres above sea level), plus 28 % (1.32 ha) on parcels named « Trotanoy » (Guillot-Est / 32-34 metres above sea level). High quality soils with the following profile: first layer with sandy clay texture resting on second layer rich in larger matter. Third layer shows heavy clays. Typical of the great terroirs of the Pomerol plateau.
• 16% (0.74 ha) at «La Croix de Catusseau » upper and medium-level part (28-34 metres above sea level). Equally high quality soils, very well-drained, presenting a different profile: sandy topsoil texture lying on layers of larger matter. Similar terroir to the Conseillante / Cheval Blanc rise, very good for cabernets francs.
“What a surprise! It is simply the best Clos du Clocher that I have come across; the coolest, the most brilliant and the most complex. The character exudes a lovely texture and composition. This meticulous wine has grace and is already extremely pleasurable. Clos du Clocher returns to the closed inner circle of the wines at the pinnacle of Pomerol quality. The success of owner Jean-Baptiste Bourotte (with his new winery and organic methods) and his talented new technical director, Cecile Dupuis, is compelling” – Jean-Marc Quarin, Bordeaux most expert critic
“Ripe dark cherries, crème de cassis and blueberry aromas that are very pure”
- Neal Martin
“Sweet, round, ripe and polished with ample plum and chocolate”
- Wine Cellar Insider