Feytit Clinet is one of the last remaining wines on the plateau of Pomerol with a price tag under £500/dozen. The team here tend to make impressive wines with enticing, open-knit fruit and proper structure. 2015 is no exception. Almost inky black with a fine purple rim, this is immediately seductive with its broad cloak of black cherry, savoury notes, cigar smoke and spiced Pomerol fruit. It is lavish, generous and mouth coating, with impressive fine boned tannins. A serious and large-scale Pomerol.
Feytit Clinet is a tiny Chateau situated next to Latour à Pomerol and L'Eglise Clinet. Jeremy Chasseuil, who studied oenology at Bordeaux University, looks after everything at the Chateau from the vineyard right through to bottling. After joining in 2000, he has introduced greater selection in the vineyard and subsequently smaller yields. Parcels are hand harvested individually according to maturity and are placed in small baskets. Changes to the winemaking include a much longer cuvaison, which gives the wine greater richness and concentration without losing any of the finesse. Chasseuil has also introduced a higher percentage of new oak: 2000 has 70% while the 2001 has 100% new barrique. Malolactic fermentation is now largely done in oak to add roundness and complexity.
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