Eglise Clinet 2018 has been released at €210 per bottle ex-negociant, up 25% on the 2017 opening price (€168). It is being offered by the international trade at £2,616 (US$3,564/HK$26,052) per 12×75, up 26.7% in sterling terms on the 2017 release price of £2,064 per case.
The wine received a potential 100-point score by James Suckling (99-100), who ranked it among his favourites. In his tasting note, Suckling said that today’s release “has such energy and persistency” and is “a wine that really makes you reflect”. He also commented on the “tiny production”, which has reportedly been down 40%.
According to Antonio Galloni (Vinous), who gave today’s release 95-98 points, “the 2018 L’Eglise-Clinet is a powerful, tightly wound wine” that “is likely to need the better part of the next decade to open up”. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate) awarded it a similar barrel range of 96-98 points and revealed that “maintaining freshness in the wine was a priority for Denis Durantou at L’Eglise Clinet”.
For Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider), who also scored today’s release 96-98 points, “this wine is beautifully empowered by a thick garland of flamboyant ripe berries”.
Prices for Eglise Clinet are strongly correlated to critic scores. While followers of Suckling will find value in today’s release, those considering Perrotti-Brown and Galloni’s scores might wish to look at back vintages of comparable quality. Both the 2015 and the 2016, available at discounts, look attractive with 97 and 98 points from Neal Martin respectively.
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