Château Clinet, Pomerol, 2009

  Château Clinet

Château Clinet, Pomerol

Another controversial wine from the right bank. Some would say that Clinet has been over-extracted for several vintages; others would argue that it is just ripe with fine flavours and plenty of structure. One thing is for sure, Robert Parker is a big fan and there is much to admire about this property. The flavours are super ripe, with notes of black fruit jam. This is rich, but also very vivid and there is impressive purity of fruit. Yes it is a big extracted style, but the tannins are by no means coarse; it is a big, chewy, brawny Pomerol that wants to be noticed and is. It will probably develop into something rather delicious given time.
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"Clinet has been on a hot streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greatest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean-Michel Arcaute’s monumental 1989. A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of blueberry pie, incense, truffles, black raspberries, licorice and wood smoke. Viscous and multi-dimensional with silky, sweet tannin, massive fruit concentration and full-bodied power, there are nearly 4,000 cases of this thick, juicy, perfect Clinet. It should drink well in 3-5 years and keep for 25-30." 100/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Clinet

Chateau Clinet undoubtedly has excellent terroir and has the potential to produce exceptional wines. Those who have tasted the legendary 1989 and 1990 will attest to this. Recent vintages have been hailed by Robert Parker, but we have found the ‘extracted’ style not always to our taste... Big and modern they are, time will tell whether this style ages as gracefully as their forebears.

Appellation: Pomerol

Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.

Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.