DECANTER: "A stunning wine in 2022 showcasing star power in Pomerol and delivering one of the appellation’s clear successes. Beautifully fragrant on the nose, fresh and ripe black fruits, purple flowers, milk chocolate, salty stones and liquorice. Smooth, sumptuous and seductive in terms of texture - tannins are beautifully chalky and so well integrated - almost effortlessly supporting the concentrated fruit and giving the confident structure. Focussed and detailed but not tight or tense, really quite a special effort. Energy and mouthwatering acidity is in the background but it’s the texture that’s most captivating, velvety, chalky, ripe, fleshy and refined all at once. It manages to be understated in a year where it was easy to be anything but. I love it. 3.6pH. A yield of 39hl/ha. Harvest started on 7 September. Soft extraction with natural yeasts for fermentation. Ageing 55-60% oak barrels, 30% one wine barrels, and 7% in small concrete tanks and wine globes. Second year of organic conversion. Next year, 2024, Clos du Clocher will celebrate its 100 year anniversary having been founded by Jean-Baptiste Audy in 1924."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Silky cherries, plums, cocoa, and violets in the perfume, the wine is medium/full-bodied, vibrant, opulent, silky, lush, and polished. The finish continues its theme of dark chocolate-covered fruit, espresso, and sensuous textures from the mid-palate through to the silky, long finish. The wine blends 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. Drink from 2024-2045."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the 2022 Clos du Clocher has a pH of 3.6 and is vinified with natural yeast. It has a deep garnet-purple color and soars from the glass with vibrant notes of wild blueberries, fresh black raspberries, and orange peel, followed by suggestions of Indian spices, cedar chest, and lavender. The full-bodied palate is taut, tightly wound, and muscular, featuring ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Beautifully done!"
JAMES SUCKLING: "Builds on the palate with dark berry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium to full body. Integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Solid. Juicy."
WEINWISSER: "70 % Merlot, 30 % Cabernet Franc, pH 3.65, 14.5 Vol.-%. Delikates Bouquet, zartes Veilchenparfüm, frisches Heidelbeergelee und getrocknete Fliederblüten. Am eleganten Gaumen mit cremiger Textur, stützender Rasse, herrlicher Extraktfülle und mittlerem Körper. Im gebündelten aromatischen Finale ein Korb mit blauen Beeren, Irisblüten und feinkörnigem Extrakt. Ein Klasseleistung von der Familie Bourotte-Audy. 2029 – 2049."