87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. Clinet is a divisive Pomerol. There are question marks about the level of extraction here, but there are tremendous levels of concentration, large-scale tannins and wonderful intense, inky fruit flavours. One has to be impressed by the perfumed bouquet of compote fruit, blackcurrant jam and cherry stone. The palate is thick, modern and packed with dark fruits. Extract is the big question; bold, robust tannins with a hint of dark chocolate on the finish.
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.
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