[PRIMEURS] Domaine de L’Église 2022

We are delighted to present the 2022 vintage of Château du Domaine de l’Eglise and its press reviews.

2022 is an exceptional vintage on several counts: exceptional climate, very deep color, high intensity of taste and superb concentration of aromas.


Presentation of the 2022 vintage by Axel Marchal, Doctor of Oenology and consultant oenologist for the Castéja family estates. 

“The color is intense ruby with purple hues. The nose is very fresh and reveals nuances of ripe crunchy fruit, spices and licorice. From the outest, it impresses with its suave and dense texture. The finish is soft, with well-integrated tannins and an astonishing fruity experience.’

Axel Marchal, Doctor of Œnology


Summary of tasting notes and comments from the press:

Thomas Boxberger: 93-96

“Domaine de l’Eglise from Pomerol, owned by the Castéja family, has been on the rise for several years, and the 2022 is no exception. It consists of 98 % Merlot and 2 % Cabernet Franc, aged in 60 % new barriques. Dark, rich colour. The Domaine de l’Eglise smells dense and dark-fruited, fleshy and full, with a fine play of cherry and berry extract sweetness, very relaxed and fresh, very deep and multi-faceted. Dense, rich and intense, it has a very coherent, round structure in the mouth, concentrated and unagitated, with excellent intensity and fullness. Deep, long and of one piece, the Domaine de l’Eglise presents itself very rich, liqueur-like and fresh. A great, reasonably priced Pomerol that should also be accessible soon.” 

Yves Beck: 94-95

“Lots of energy and freshness on the nose of Domaine de l’Eglise 2022. Despite just under 2% Cabernet Franc, there are classic nuances of violets complemented by notes of cassis and elderberry. Good density on the palate, where the wine combines charm and temperament. Its fine-grained tannins are gentle and offer welcome strength while supporting the aromatic expression of the finish, which they stretch thanks to the very fine bitters. A precise, linear, charming and long-lasting wine. A very nice success. 2029-2047 94-95/100”

Jeff Leve: 93-95

“Black cherry liqueur, plums, blue fruits, chocolate and violets show in the nose. On the palate, the wine is refined, silky, fresh, lively, lush and long. The silky chocolate-coated-plums, are elegant, fresh and earthy. The end notes combine freshness and finesse in the long finish. The wine blends 98% Merlot with 2% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV. Drink from 2025-2045.”

Michael Severin Grimm: 94+

“Very nice, fleshy, big fruit, juicy, very good, classy structure, nice and blackberry on the palate, good acidity, long, very good structure.”

Markus Del Monego: 94+

“Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well concentrated nose with slightly closed character, opening up slowly, showing black cherries, plums and sweet elderberries. Sloe in the background. Mild spices and hints of cigar-box, as well as floral hints of violets. On the palate rich yet elegant with balanced fruit quoting the nose, ripe tannins, well structured with excellent length. A wine to be observed with promising potential.”

Terres De Vins: 92-93

“98 % merlot et 2 % cabernet franc, It immediately displays a certain restrained generosity, in keeping with the spirit of the vintage. Concentrated but vigorous, there’s nothing sedate about this wine, which has good chewiness, density and firm tannins that give it a certain staying power.”

Colin Hay: 91-93

Much darker fruited than Croix du Casse. But still quite massive. Red plums, red cherries and darker berry fruit. Quite spicy and with a subtle touch of oak – bringing with it toasted brioche, nutmeg and cinnamon. Dense, compact, with a nice sapid juicy fruit that penetrates all the way to the core. There’s a pleasing sense of tension between the sucrosity and the freshness. This is fine with nicely chewy tannins, even if it finishes just a little hot.”

Jean-Marc Quarin: 92

“Dark purple colour. Normal intensity. Very aromatic nose, with ripe, fresh and subtle fruit. Smooth on the attack, savoury in the middle, the wine melts on the palate with coated tannins and lingering flavour. Blend: 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc (slightly less than usual due to the uprooting of a parcel). Alcohol content: 14°5 – pH: 3.7. Yield: 27 hl/ha.”

James Suckling: 91-92

“13 Apr, 2023 – Plenty of ripe fruit with hints of dried fruit and some lemon peel. It’s full-bodied with lots of juicy fruit. Wait and see.”

Philip Dyna: 91-93