Domaine de l’Eglise is the oldest estate on Pomerol’s famous plateau, first mentioned in the Vieux Papiers du Libournaisin 1589. Originally the property of the church, the estate was secularised in the 18th century. Domaine de l’Eglise lies next to Pomerol’s church a stones throw away from Château Petrus. In 1973 the château was acquired by the Castéja family. The round, fruity Domaine de l’Eglise wine has been among the most sought after in Pomerol for many years.
2016 has been lauded as an excellent and classic vintage. Bordeaux saw a wet spring in 2016, which built up the soil water reserves nourishing the vines throughout the exceptionally dry summer which followed. The glorious, warm, dry days were coupled with cool nights, perfect for grape maturation and concentration of flavours. Rainfall in September revitalised the vines. 2016 produced small, ripe grapes and the wines are marked by structured tannins, balancing acidity and superb aromatics.
The vines are trained according to the Double and single Guyot training method and are grown in gravel over sandy-clay soils.
Fermentation took place with selected yeasts in thermo regulated vats, followed by maturation in French oak barriques for a period of 16 to 18 months. 60% of the barriques were new.
Intense aromas of coffee, plum and raspberry. Vibrant on the palate with an excellent structure, concentrated sweet fruit and good freshness. The texture is plush with rounded tannins and an elegant finish.
Merlot 95%, Cabernet Franc 5%.