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Chateau Clinet History, Overview
Chateau Clinet is one of the oldest vineyards in Pomerol. Old maps unearthed by the estate show that vines were planted in 1785. From there, the vineyard became the property of the Constant Family, before it passed to the Arnaud family. The Arnaud’s had good taste in wine. At the same time, they were also owners of the famed Bordeaux wine property, Petrus!
Following the Arnaud’s involvement, from 1900 to 1991, Chateau Clinet became the property of the Audy family. They were best known as Bordeaux negociant’s. When the managing director Jean Michel Arcaute arrived in the late 1970’s, Chateau Clinet began producing some of the best wine in their history within a few short years.
Chateau Clinet The Modern Age
Jean Michel Arcaute’s desire was to bring Chateau Clinet to the top level of the best producers of Pomerol wine, which is where Chateau Clinet was in the early 19th century. Jean Michel Arcaute began to change everything about the vineyard management technique of the day being practiced at not only Chateau Clinet, but for most of Bordeaux.
He instigated leaf thinning, green harvesting while striving to harvest fruit that was fully ripe, with ripe skins, seeds and even stems if possible. More importantly for the wines of Chateau Clinet, they also reduced the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in the vineyards.
For harvest, they discontinued the use of machine harvesting and quickly moved to picking all grapes by hand, to insure that only the best grapes were picked and placed into the wine of Chateau Clinet. The also made changes in the varietals planted in their vineyards.
Chateau Clinet is one of the few Pomerol properties with a large percentage, (Large for Pomerol) of Cabernet Sauvignon in their vineyards.
He brought in Michel Rolland as the consultant and they set out to make wine that challenged the best estates of Pomerol. They increased the amount of new, French oak barrels the wine was aging in, as well as increasing the time the wine spent in oak. To prove they were serious, they declassified the entire 1984 crop at Chateau Clinet. Michel Rolland remained with Clinet until 2014.
In 1991, Chateau Clinet was sold to Gan insurance. Jean Michel Arcaute remained the director of the estate.
Clinet was bought by Jean-Louis Laborde in late 1998. Tragically, Jean Michel Arcaute died in a boating accident in 2001. Starting with the 2004 vintage, things changed again at Chateau Clinet when the son of Jean Louis Laborde, the young, hard working and talented, Ronan Laborde began to manage the estate. Some of early choices have clearly paid off.
Ronan Laborde replanted 20% of the vineyard and reduced the amount of new French barrels from 100% to 60% for the aging. Two other steps were taken by Ronan Laborde in his first few years at the estate. He increased the yields from an average of 25 hectoliters per hectare to 40 hectoliters per hectare and he increased the density of the planting of the vines as well.
Ronan Laborde has improved the wine of Chateau Clinet and he has increased the size of Clinet, which is often a difficult task in Pomerol, as there is so little land. Ronan Laborde has also created an extremely popular consumer friendly, inexpensive brand Ronan by Clinet.
Ronan Laborde could have been a competitive marathon runner, with times close to the 2 hour and 27 minute mark! When told he could train with the best runners in France, all he had to do was give up eating great dinners and drinking even better wine, he declined and placed all his focus on turning Chateau Clinet into one of the top wines of Pomerol.
Chateau Clinet has been improving slowly but steadily since the Laborde family purchased the Right Bank estate. 2005 was the first vintage where you saw a big jump in quality and the 2009 Chateau Clinet was even better! 2009 Chateau Clinet is clearly one of the top wines of entire, legendary vintage. 2010 Clinet is not that far behind and 2015 and 2016 are also both stunning!
Chateau Clinet Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 11.27 hectare vineyard of Chateau Clinet is planted to 88% Merlot, 11.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and .5% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has 10 hectares cultivated with vines planted to a vine density ranging from 6,777 vine per hectare to 7,200 vines per hectare. The young are at the higher level of density. On average, many of their vines are close to 45 years of age. However Chateau Clinet also has some of the oldest vines in Pomerol.
Located close to the church, Chateau Clinet has a special parcel of Merlot known as “La Grand Vigne,” that is their best terroir. This is also where you find their oldest vines, as these were planted all the way back in 1934. Those old vines are some of the oldest vines in the entire Pomerol appellation. This special section of the Chateau Clinet vineyards represents almost 20% of their vines. This is the heart and soul of Chateau Clinet.
This special parcel adds a lot of the depth and complexity to the wine. This delicate section of vines requires special treatment. Horses are used to work the soils because not only are the vines old, and delicate, but they are also tightly spaced. Close to 8.5 hectares of vines are farmed, using horses for plowing.
Chateau Clinet is situated on great terroir. Their vineyards are located at one of the highest points on the Pomerol Plateau. Chateau Clinet has good company on the plateau. Their closest neighbors are only a stones throw away, Chateau LEglise Clinet, Chateau Clos LEglise, Chateau Feytit-Clinet and Chateau Trotanoy. They also have vines with more gravel close to Lafleur and Petrus.
The terroir of Chateau Clinet is a complex blend of gravel, clay and iron rich sandy soils. The majority of their vines are located in three main parcels; La Grand Vigne, which as you now know, is old vines planted in deep clay with gravel on top, Les Argilles, which is deep clay and Le Plateau, where you find more gravel soil, with smaller stones than you encounter in La Grand Vigne. The peak elevation is 35 meters.
In 2010 and again in 2012, Ronan Laborde purchased more property in Pomerol increasing the size of Chateau Clinet. About 50% of the new vines are used in the wine of Chateau Clinet. The remaining vines will be used in their second wine, Fleur de Clinet.
Previously, up until the 2013 vintage. to produce the wine of Chateau Clinet was vinified in 11 different, underground, wooden vats. 9 of the vats are 60 hectoliters, the remaining two vats are 40 hectoliters. However, Chateau Clinet has completely renovated their vat room in time for the 2014 vintage. The wood vats were removed and replaced by gleaming stainless steel vats.
Chateau Clinet has continued not only modernizing their winery, but they have updated their label design over years. The current red label design was first used with the 2000 vintage, and has been updated most recently in 2005 and 2009.
Starting with the 2014 vintage, the vinification takes place in 17, temperature controlled, double-walled, stainless steel vats that range in size from 25 hectoliters, 35 hectoliters and 45 hectoliters. This allows for parcel by vinification. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of French oak barrels and vats.
The wine of Chateau Clinet is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 22 months. 5% of the oak barrels are from an even split of German oak and Austrian oak. The barrels at Clinet are hosed down twice a day, to keep the barrels tight, and the cellars humid. The wine is blended after the oak aging is completed.
The press wine is aged separately. If it’s determined the wine requires more structure, the press wine is added during the final blending. The average production here today is close to 3,200 cases of Chateau Clinet per year.
There is a second wine, Fleur de Clinet, which made its debut in 1997. Prior to that, the second wine was known as Domaine du Casse. Fleur de Clinet is made from declassified wine from Clinet and purchased fruit from other growers in the Pomerol appellation.
Ronan by Clinet
The estate also produces a negociant wine, Ronan by Clinet. Ronan by Clinet is produced from purchased grapes that are planted in various satellite appellations in Bordeaux.
The red wine of Ronan by Clinet is made from 100% Merlot. Ronan by Clinet also makes a value priced, white Bordeaux wine that blends Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. The Laborde family also own one of the top estates in Hungary, in the Tokaji region, Chateau Pajzos.
The best vintages of Chateau Clinet are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1990, 1989, 1988 and 1961. While the 1989 gets most of the attention as the best, older vintage of Clinet, today, the 1990 is as good, or even better, and it sells for less money too!
Chateau Clinet Wine Style and Character
The wines of Clinet are rich, supple, sensuous, powerful and in the best vintages, offer floral, chocolate and spicy flavors. The wine ages well, developing sensuous textures and aromatic complexities.
Chateau Clinet is winning a lot of friends with it’s new high quality and their very friendly pricing policy due to a desire to build long term relationships with customers. For the time being prices remain low for a Pomerol of this level of quality, making Chateau Clinet a property to keep an eye on.
When to Drink Chateau Clinet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Clinet is much better with at least 8-12 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Clinet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-35 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Clinet with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Clinet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Clinet is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Clinet is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Clinet Wine Tasting Notes
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|2018||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Sensual, luscious and sexy, this is bottled decadence. The wine takes pure plums drenches them in velvet and drizzles them with roses, dark chocolate, licorice, espresso and truffle. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated, powerful and lush. Produced from blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and hitting 14.75% alcohol, the wine is aging in 75% new, French oak barrels. The harvest took place September 19 to October 5. 97-99 Pts
3,110 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
The depth of color is impressive and the level of concentration is remarkable. Full bodied with lush, ripe, juicy plums coupled with spice box, cherry, smoke, licorice and espresso, the wine is elegant, fruity, polished and long. This is going to offer fabulous drinking after seven to ten years of bottle age. From a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.74 and is aging in 72% new, oak barrels. The harvest took place September 19 to September 29 and the Grand Vin consists of 70% of the harvest.
2,266 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Combines elegance, grace and concentration, with purity and freshness, allowing the silky, lush, chocolate infused, plums and black cherries to shine through all those truffles. Long and complex, with the ability to age for decade, this is not as user friendly as the 2015, so allow it at least a decade to age and develop.
2,873 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
Style and grace in a long, dark cloak, velvet in texture, lush yet masculine. There is depth, length and power. The tannins are refined yet the acidity is quite present, giving the wine true lift, but the fruit is so ripe and sweet, all that tannin is buried deep. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon , the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.71 and is aging in 70% new, oak barrels. The harvest for the Merlot took place from September 22 to October 3 and the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 4. The Grand Vin consists of 70% of the harvest.
4,379 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
If you like truffle, you're going to dig this wine. From there, you discover campfire, licorice black cherry, plum, jam and underbrush. On the palate is where the real action takes place. With the perfect balance between density and lift, everything comes together in the decadently textured, silky textured, fruit filled finish.
6,642 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
If you are looking for a hedonistic thrill ride, where the wine offers velvet textures and your palate is drenched with deep, perfectly ripe, black plums and dark cherry liqueur infused with even darker chocolate and fennel, you came to the right place. If that is not enough to get you interested, perhaps the almost 50 second finish with all its palate staining viscosity will do the trick. It is hard to pick a best vintage from Clinet, but the 2015 is clearly in the running!
7,049 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
A hedonistic thrill ride. This is pure sensuality. The tannins are incredible lush and polished. The juicy, sweet plums and black cherries are perfectly ripe, offering a beautiful sense of purity. The wine is concentrated, fresh and focused, with just the right amount of flowers, truffle, dark chocolate and licorice to add more complexity. This is another thrilling wine from Clinet.
8,142 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
It’s difficult to know where to start with this deep, ruby colored wine. The first thing you notice is the floral bouquet, which is quickly followed by anisette cookies, cherry blossoms, spice box, plums and, just for a touch of adrenaline, a hint of espresso. Pure sensuality with silky, polished, opulent tannins that give this wine a really sexy mouth feel. Voluptuous in texture, this is hedonism at its best. The wine is rich, concentrated and full-bodied, leaving you reclined upon layers of freshness, power, finesse and velvet. This is quite close to the stunning 2010 Clinet in quality. With that in mind, it's important to note that the best vintages of Clinet always improve in the bottle and I'm willing to bet this is no exception. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The wine is aging in 65% new, French, oak barrels. The harvest for the Merlot took place from September 15 to October 1. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were picked in one day, October 1. The Grand Vin consists of 74% of the harvest. Drinking this wine is like sitting in an easy chair with an Elite model on your lap! 98 - 100 Pts
8,562 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
|2014||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Much better in bottle, the wine has added more richness and weight. The dark red fruits are ripe, sweet and fresh, there is a supple, sensuous quality to the tannins and length in the finish. This should be even better with 3-5 years in the bottle.
2,704 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2017
A distinctive nose pops with blossoms, cherry, black raspberry and espresso scents. Finesse styled with an emphasis on freshness, purity, crispness and gently ripened red and black fruit. A complicated twist of cocoa in the finish adds to the intrigue. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and is aging in 60% new, French oak barrels. 90-93 Pts
2,410 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
With an hour of air, the medium bodied, plummy wine developed more softness to its textures, coupled with the addition of the mocha, licorice and black cherries in the perfume. Clearly, this is not meant to make old bones. But if you give it some air, it's quite nice for drinking over the next several years.
1,882 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Quite successful for the vintage, there is a nice roundness to the tannins coupled with licorice, black cherry, earth, mocha and espresso, all wrapped up in a forward style.
1,882 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2016
With a chocolate mint, plum and spice nose, the wine is soft on the attack with silky tannins and a lush, spicy finish brimming with mocha, cocoa and plum. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. The yields were 33 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 60% new French oak. 91-93 Pts
1,990 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2014
|2012||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Licorice, truffle, chocolate mint, flowers, black raspberry and black cherry get the complex nose going. On the palate, you find a plush, round, supple texture paired with soft tannins and silky tannins.
4,718 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
One of the top Pomerol wines from the vintage, with a nice display of chocolate covered black cherries, juicy, sweet, ripe, fleshy plum, espresso and earthy notes that carry through to the soft, round, sweet, fruit filled finish.
4,006 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
Blending 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13.2% alcohol, the wine will be aged in 50% new French oak. From low yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare, the wine opens with licorice, earth, plums and herbal scents, followed by sensuous, fresh and spicy fennel, black raspberry and cherry. Lighter in style than 2008, 2009 and 2010, the wine ends with layers of sweet kirsch, cocoa and plum notes. 91-93 Pts
4,075 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Fresh herbs, truffle, licorice, dark cherry and spice box aromas get the show started. The soft, polished, sensuous fruits are what you need to pay attention to. Already open, drink this young for the freshness and silky qualities in the sweet fruit or age it for more complexity. This is one of the stars of the vintage.
4,828 Views Tasted May 20, 2014
Coffee, chocolate, plum earth and cherry jam aromas open to soft, sweet, fresh, cherry filled wine that will be perfect for near term drinking for consumers waiting for their 2009 and 2010 to mature. Bottling took place over three days, May 13, 14 and 15.
4,431 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2013
From 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Caberent Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and will be aged in 55% new oak, which is slightly less than the property used in recent previous vintages. Deep purple in color, truffle, chocolate, boysenberry, spice box and black cherry liqueur come alive with little effort. Sexy, rich, opulent and concentrated with pure chocolate-covered dark berries, this is a wine of pleasure and elegance. 95-96 Pts
5,395 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2012
|2010||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
If you are seeking a thrill ride, and Pomerol is your type of thrill, look no further. This is pure bottled decadence. The wine is silky, sexy, sensuous and concentrated. There is a beautiful purity in the fruit and a finish that could break the 50-second mark. And the wine still sells for a song for a wine at this level of quality.
5,475 Views Tasted Jul 19, 2018
I love when a wine gets better each time I taste it. There is so much going on here, even though it is still young, it is impossible not to be impressed. It is also difficult not to want another sniff, sip and swallow. What a beauty!
4,507 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
One of the things I like most about tasting wine, is finding wines that improve from barrel to bottle, and continue getting better as they age. 2010 Clinet could turn out to be a serious rock star. It's really filled out, adding depth and nuances that make this a thrill to sip. The wine is plush, opulent and velvety, with freshness, purity, complexity and most importantly, excitement that makes you want another sip. Tip of the day, if you enjoy hedonistic Pomerol, this is the wine to buy, before it's too late.
6,718 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2015
Tight at the moment, effort is required to find the aromas. You can sense the volume, purity of fruit and quality of the tannins with some work, but this is not the best time to be tasting this wine. With time, the wine could score even higher. I’m letting my bottles rest for at least 5-8 years.
7,994 Views Tasted Aug 2, 2014
Licorice, smoke, coffee, chocolate, jammy berries, liqueur and truffle scents open to a powerful, concentrated, opulent, fleshy, exciting Pomerol that is destined to improve for decades.
6,901 Views Tasted May 7, 2013
Deep in color, with layers of ripe, juicy, dark red berries, plums, licorice and chocolate, the wine is lush, sensuous, powerful and in balance. Silky fruits and velvet tannins give this blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc a long, rich, expansive, opulent finish.
5,696 Views Tasted Feb 7, 2013
Flowers, licorice, spicy plums, cocoa, blackberry liqueur, black raspberry jam and fresh mint aromas come alive with little effort. Full bodied, powerful and intense, this chocolate, blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry fleshy wine fills your mouth with luscious Pomerol sensations. This has filled out and softened since tasted in April. 96-97 Pts.
6,861 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2011
Clinet owner, Ronan Laborde, used what he called a classic Pomerol blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. At 14.6 % alcohol, than they achieved in 2009. Effective yields are also lower than in 2009. In fact, they are close to 25% less, which means there will be a lot less wine in the marketplace from this outstanding vintage. Opaque in color, explosive, floral, plum, black fruit, jammy berry, oak, chocolate and black raspberry scents create a beguiling perfume. This complex, spicy wine coats your palate with layers of pure, sweet, ripe plums. This is a hedonistic, sensuous style of Pomerol that blends intensity with pleasure and chocolate covered ripe fruit. 95-97 Pts.
6,648 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château Clinet Speciosa Seposito (Pomerol)|
If scores for special wines could hit 101 Pts, this might hit 102! Mind-blowing in every sense of the wine, it is easy to note this as soon as the wine hits your glass. At 10 years of age, the wine is still the color of glossy, dark ink. On the palate, the texture is akin to motor oil. But even with all its richness and power, the wine is elegant, refined, fresh, incredibly long and exotic. Layer after layer of dark red and black, juicy, sweet, ripe, delicious plums coat every nook and cranny of your palate. This is bottled decadence. The finish passes by the 60-second mark and keeps on going! Good luck finding a bottle, as only 300 bottles of this majestic elixir were produced.
0 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2019
|2009||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Espresso bean, flowers, orange rind, truffle, spice, boysenberry, blue fruit and cocoa aromas open the wine. Thick, rich, lush, powerful and mouth filling, the wine coats your palate with sensuous layers of perfectly, ripe, polished, silky, pure berries. In just a few months the wine has morphed from its baby fat stage to a very sophisticated, decadent Pomerol.
9,258 Views Tasted Aug 2, 2013
Opaque in color, with licorice, chocolate, plum liqueur, truffle, black raspberry jam and espresso notes in the perfume, there is a delicious, opulent sensation on the palate. Thick, rich and intense, with cashmere tannins and plush textured, perfectly ripe blackberries and cherries dipped in chocolate, this delivers decadent sensations on the palate. This sublime vintage of Clinet should age gracefully for decades.
8,293 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
It's fitting that the 2009 turned out to be the best wine from Ronan Laborde, since he began managing the estate ten years ago. This beautiful Pomerol is packed with flowers, licorice, black cherry, plums and spice box aromas. Decadent in textures, with a wonderful purity of fruit and silky tannins, this blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon is the best wine produced from Clinet since their dynamic duo of 1989 and 1990.
9,749 Views Tasted Jan 31, 2012
2009 Clinet is deep ruby. Produced from 85% merlot, 12% cabernet sauvignon, and 3% cabernet franc, the wine opens with an explosive perfume of jammy strawberry, blackberry, caramel, spice, and flowers that seems to pop from the glass. With an intense concentration of dark berries and licorice, this full bodied wine fills your mouth with fruit and freshness. Although this robust, decadent Pomerol comes in at a whopping 14.5%, it has so much ripe fruit and freshness that you never notice the high alcohol. 96-98 Pts
9,228 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2010
|2008||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
You can start to drink this now. The wine is round, soft, and fleshy. This is not a flashy styled Clinet. The tannins are soft, the fruits are ripe, plummy and lush. The truffle and dark cocoa in the finish round things out. This has really come along nicely over the past decade of aging.
2,561 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
You need to lay this down for a while. There is a good concentration of fruit, lots of licorice and truffle, along with the dark chocolate covered cherries that are present from start to finish, but the tannins are more present than the fruit at the moment. Popped and poured, so the wine could show better with a few hours of air.
4,060 Views Tasted Jun 19, 2016
With little effort, cocoa, roses, cherries, plum, fennel and coffee bean scents are found front and center. Round, but not flashy, this is a more structured style of Clinet that demands to remain in the bottle for at least 5 years. 2008 remains the latest harvest in the history of the estate. Although it remains to be seen if that record for lateness remains intact, with the soon to be harvested 2013.
6,592 Views Tasted Nov 2, 2013
Ruby in color, floral, cinnamon, earth, coffee, black raspberry scents lead to a round, plummy, spicy expression of Clinet, that while not as opulent as subsequent vintages, this is a polished example of a more traditional styled, Pomerol wine that is not displaying the same level of sensuous fruit. I'd let it rest for a few more yeaefore popping another bottle.
9,728 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
Chocolate covered plums, licorice, herbs and floral scents open to a rich, concentrated, thick, opulent wine with a long, fresh blackberry and chocolate finish. Clinet achieved a balance of ripe fruit, purity and freshness in 2008. This is a much better wine than they produced in 2005, or 2006. But as good as this is, 2009 is even better! Buy this wine now as it's only going to get more expensive.
9,251 Views Tasted Jan 24, 2011
08 Château Clinet grabs your attention with its showy display of ripe, intense blackberry, plum, jam, floral and mocha scents. Plush, rich, opulent and bordering on decadence, this is the best wine yet produced by the young Ronan Laborde. This is miles ahead of 2005 & 2006. 94-97 Pts
9,286 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2009
|2007||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Fully mature, this medium bodied wine starts off soft and silky, but quickly moves to cigar box and plums on the palate. This requires drinking sooner than later before the fruit fades.
3,537 Views Tasted Jun 25, 2017
Fully mature, this medium bodied wine starts off soft and silky, but quickly move to cigar box and plums on the palate. This requires drinking sooner than later before the fruit fades.
3,106 Views Tasted Mar 24, 2017
20 minutes of air brought the wine around and delivered a softer expression of its licorice, black cherry and earth center. This medium bodied wine is already close to mature. This charmer should probably be consumed by the time the wine is 15 years of age.
2,869 Views Tasted Sep 12, 2015
Quite good for the vintage. Fully mature, with a truffle and blackberry nose, the wine feels round and silky. The finish is a bit short, but it's charming, none the less. No decanting needed. Just pop, pour and enjoy.
2,344 Views Tasted Dec 25, 2014
|2006||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
This is in a really great place, the truffles are right there, licorice, spice, plum, espresso and smoke add to the perfume. On the palate, this really shines with its luscious, fresh, sweet vibrant fruits, silky tannins and freshness. Just starting to really get there, the wine delivers pleasure now, but can easily improve for years.
2,522 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
This is another 2006 Pomerol that is better than their 2005. It shows a more expressive nose with chocolate covered, raspberries, a longer mid palate and more riper tannins. This will take a few more years than the 05 to fully develop.
5,482 Views Tasted Jun 27, 2009
|2005||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
This bottle was rocking! With 90 minutes of air, the plums, cherry pipe tobacco and chocolate aromas where right there. Plush, polished, fresh and sweet, this is a good time to start popping corks on this beauty as it's ready to go.
2,901 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2017
Deep in color, the wine is still youthful. 90 minutes of air added a lot of softness to the texture and helped bring out the plum, chocolate, truffle and black cherry notes. The supple textured, silky finish just feels great.
3,422 Views Tasted May 29, 2016
Soft, silky and sensuous, medium/full bodied, with a wealth of ripe, juicy, sweet, fresh plum, chocolate, truffle and black cherry notes, complicated by floral notes, truffle and chocolate accents. You can drink this now, or age it a few more years for additional complexity. This is the best showing yet for this wine, as I did not expect it to turn out this well. And with time, it could get even better as Clinet ages extremely well.
3,556 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
Plums, flowers, chocolate and boysenberry, soft textures, medium body and a plush finish. This has continued to improve since bottling. With time, it should be even better as it approaches maturity.
4,750 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
With plums, earth, dates, black cherry and hints of flowers in the perfume, this medium/full bodied Pomerol wine is soft textured and filled with fresh, juicy, black and red plums, cocoa and licorice. Give it another 2-3 years and drink over the next 10-15 years.
6,026 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2011
The perfume displays smoke, spice and jammy black fruit. With round tannins, this ends with a plush, dark fruit filled finish. The only downside to the wine is a slightly short middle. This is the first vintage where the new, young owner, Ronan Laborde started kicking things into high gear. This estate is one of the key Pomerol properties to watch!
8,172 Views Tasted Jun 27, 2009
With its purity of fruit and freshness, the plum, chocolate, blackberry and coffee scented nose are a pleasure. The palate texture is dense and lush. This will age well. There is some Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend giving the wine good structure.
7,552 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2008
This offers a dense, sexy mouthful of decadent Pomerol. Opulent, stylish with elegant tannins, but lacking the concentration found in the best years.
6,336 Views Tasted Jun 21, 2007
|2004||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Quite a nice surprise when things continue turning out better than expected. Mature and ready to drink, this medium/full bodied, soft, round wine is filled with licorice, black cherries, chocolate and freshness. Round and ready to go, drink this over the next decade for maximum pleasure.
3,773 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2015
The first vintage for Ronan Laborde where he was completely in charge at Clinet. The color is showing maturity with its light bricking. Secondary notes of truffle, smoke, spearmint, licorice and blackberry. Medium bodied, silky, mature and ready to drink, the wine is an elegant, sensuous expression of Pomerol.
3,330 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2014
|2001||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
The final vintage from the chateau produced from 100% Merlot. With a nose of licorice, truffle, smoke and spicy plums, the wine features soft, silky textures and a medium/full body. Close to fully mature, this Pomerol ends with a plush mouthful of fennel, chocolate, black raspberries and plums.
3,498 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2011
|2000||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Ready for drinking, with its plum, chocolate, earth and black cherry profile, Soft, plush and polished, this easy to like, sensuous Pomerol ends with a blast of cocoa and black cherry fruit.
3,302 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2014
|1999||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Fully ready for drinking, the wine is medium bodied, with fresh, bright, cool, cherry and red plum notes, coupled with earth and forest leaf, with hints of tobacco. Soft textured, with bright red fruits in the finish, there is reason to age this any longer as it's already just a few months from its 20th birthday.
1,826 Views Tasted Oct 11, 2018
|1998||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
A very nice wine that is close to its full maturity date, the nose and palate are all about the red and black plum, dark cocoa, licorice and soft textured, medium-bodied palate.
3,269 Views Tasted Jul 19, 2018
Popped and poured, the aromatics offered flowers, black cherry, chocolate covered raspberry, truffle, licorice and dark chocolate. Soft, round, elegant and most importantly, delicious, the medium bodied wine lacks the depth and concentration found in the top vintages of the estate. It also lacks the high price too. Truthfully, this had a lot of charm on the nose and palate, ending with a hint of dusty earth in the chocolate covered, plum finish. There is no need to hold your bottles any longer as this is fully mature and ready to go.
4,330 Views Tasted Sep 22, 2016
On the nose, bitter chocolate covered cherries, flowers and wet earth. Medium bodied, with a soft, dusty texture, the wine finishes with fresh, cherry griotte flavors. This is at full maturity. If you have been waiting for this to come around, I would not hold off any longer.
4,666 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2015
This is a chunky style of Pomerol. Bordering on lean, this masculine wine seems, simple ending with a moderate, short finish and bright fruit profile. Fans of more old-school, traditionally made wines might enjoy this more than I did.
5,464 Views Tasted Oct 11, 2008
|1995||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
A nice wine that clearly bears the marks of the 1995 vintage, with its strictness to the tannins. There is concentration, fruit and aromatics, but the wine shows an austerity in its plummy finish that will appeal to some more than others.
3,229 Views Tasted May 10, 2017
At 21, the wine is starting to show its age in the color. Flowers, smoke, licorice, black cherry, mocha and minty aromatics are right where you can find them. Even with 2 hours of decanting, the tannic backbone found in the 1995 vintage remains. There is a lot of plummy fruit, coupled with a blast of dark chocolate in the finish. But this is more of a structured, masculine style of Pomerol that is not going to change its character with more age. This is going to appeal more to lovers of classic styled Bordeaux.
3,167 Views Tasted Aug 8, 2016
This bottle was quite structured, firm and masculine, with a tannic spine. You could tell there was a lot of fruit, with good ripeness, but this example was more for the mond than the soul. Looking at my notes from a few years ago, this is not headed in a good direction and at 21 years of age, that direction is not likely to change.
3,604 Views Tasted Dec 15, 2015
Not as seductive or charming as previous bottles, perhaps the toughness of the 1995 vintage is starting to show through. The wine was much more interesting on the nose than the palate. The finish displayed some hardness to the tannins and was a bit drying in the finish. Decanting for 2 hours helped, but this wine might be slowly drying out.
4,185 Views Tasted Jun 11, 2013
One of the top wines from a vintage better known for its rustic, tannic, nature. Juicy chocolate covered plums, truffles and floral aromas, round, soft textures and a long, opulent, fresh, black cherry finish are found in this wine. As it creeps closer to its 20th birthday, this has moved into the prime time drinking stage.
4,493 Views Tasted Dec 3, 2012
In a year filled with numerous hard, austere wines, 1995 Clinet is one of the top wines that overcomes the style of the vintage. With its chocoalte, floral, truffle, earth, black cherry, smoke and plum nose, the wine is pure silk and velvet, ending in a lush, sensuous, sweet, cocoa, earth and black raspberry finish. There is no hurry to drink this as it has the stuffing to age and develop for another 15-20 years. The wine was not decanted, just popped, poured and enjoyed!
5,086 Views Tasted Jul 22, 2012
This is a sexy style of Pomerol. With a bouquet of chocolate covered flowers, plum liqueur, truffle, fennel, spice and black cherries, the wine coats your palate with opulently textured black plums and black raspberry jam. Packed and stacked with layers of ripe fruit, Clinet was able to avoid the harsh style of tannins that plagued so many wines from this difficult vintage. The delicious Bordeaux could still improve, but it is drinking so well now, if you have more than a few bottles, it's time to open one and see for yourself. This is the last great Clinet of the Arcaute regime. It was a long 13 year wait until 2008, when the new owner, Ronan Laborde produced another stellar wine at this level of quality.
6,521 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2011
|1994||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
A fully developed nose of truffle, blackberry, earth, tobacco and dark chocolate. Soft, round and a little chunky. this was a good showing for a Pomerol from this semi difficult vintage
3,874 Views Tasted May 19, 2011
Chateau Clinet opened with chocolate, trufffle, smoke, earth, cherry and black raspberry scents. Some greeness is noted in the mouth with drying tannins. This was not apparent at first, but with an hour of air, some of the initial fruit sensations dropped off and the dryness became more apparent. Chocolate covered cherry was noted in the finish
4,472 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2010
|1990||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
This is a knock out wine from start to finish. The nose, with its truffle, dark chocolate, black cherry Asian spice and hint of fig in the background tells you something good is going on here. But it is the full-bodied, opulent, sexy, ostentatious, fruit-filled, velvet-textured palate where this really rocks! Splash decanted and ready to go, I am sure that well-stored bottles can continue on this path for at least another 12-15 years. Today, this could be even better than the 1989!
1,601 Views Tasted Feb 12, 2019
Pure bottled decadence. Silky, velvet drenched textures, ripe, polished fruits, truffle and chocolate pop in every direction. But it is the opulent, sexy textures that seal the deal. Well stored bottles can be longer, but why wait? I just had a bottle and already want it again!
3,496 Views Tasted May 10, 2017
This is one sexy, bad ass beast. It is pure silk, wrapped in a layer of hedonism, with layers of juicy, rich plums, licorice, truffle and the perfect amount of dark chocolate. The finish really sticks with you, as it builds and lingers. Well stored bottles should offer pleasure for at least another 10-20 more years.
3,210 Views Tasted Dec 28, 2016
This is such a turn on. That is, if you're into opulent, sensuous, sexy, silk and velvet textures and a nose of truffle, flowers, fresh, juicy, sweet plums, cherry liqueur, dark chocolate and bit mint with a hint of coffee and Cuban Cigars. This bottle of elegant, hedonism was super in every way making it the perfect Valentines Day wine. It's probably at peak maturity today. Bought on release and decanted about 45 minutes, I suspect this will remain at this high level for at least another 10-15 or more years, if it has been well stored. Here's a tip for you, 2009 and 2010 are both better wines! If this sounds like your type of wine, both those stunners should be in your cellar.
3,545 Views Tasted Feb 14, 2016
A very good, but not perfect example of this often stunning wine. Loads of dark chocolate, truffle, black cherry, plum and wet earth on the nose. Soft, smooth and delicious on the palate, this is drinking quite well today.
3,668 Views Tasted Sep 3, 2015
Now we're talking! This is what great Pomerol is all about. Sexy, rich, sensuous textures with silky tannins. Lush, fresh, sweet, dark red berries with chocolate accents and truffle and a velvet finish that remains with you. This is clearly in the sweet spot for my taste. What a beauty!!!Interestingly, two bottles were popped. The first bottle, which is where this note was taken from, was a richer, more sensuous experience. The second bottle had more structure, was firmer and would probably age longer, but without as much pleasure. Both bottles came from the same case.
3,839 Views Tasted Oct 6, 2014
When the cork, I feared there might be a problem. Fortunately, the Durand came to rescue and flawlessly removed the cork. While the cork was in bad shape, the wine was a stunner! Chocolate covered black cherry, coconut, truffle and plums were all over the place. The wine is dense, intense, thick, rich and silky, ending in lush waves of juicy, ripe, sweet, pure, plums. Popped into a decanted and poured, the wine got better in the glass. If you are a Pomerol fan, if you can find a bottle, grab it. This is a treat.
3,970 Views Tasted Dec 28, 2013
Rich, chocolate coated plums, truffles, spice, flowers, licorice, coffee bean and black cherry aromas couple with decadent, silk and velvet textures that end in multiple waves of opulent, plush, ripe, voluptuous, sweet fruit. This wine seems to improve every year and is not far off from the legendary 1989.
5,042 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2011
This wine offers a beautiful bouquet filled with flowers, licorice, plums, currants, spice and oak. Dense, silky, voluptuous, rich and full bodied. This wine is so decadent. It stains your palate, mouth and senses with satiny black fruit.
4,318 Views Tasted Sep 25, 2010
Good color, earthy, spice driven smells with mocha, plums, caramel, licorice and smoke. The palate enjoys a bath of big, rich, dense, ripe, chocolate covered cherries, ending in a wonderful, long, opulent finish.
4,922 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2009
Plummy, spicy, floral aromas float from the glass. A decadent mouthful of rich, deep, concentrated fruit liqueur slides over your palate. The texture is extremely lush.
5,044 Views Tasted Dec 4, 2006
Darkly colored with black fruit, plum and forest aromas, this is a full bodied, ripe, round and also tannic wine. The finish shows a blackberry, bitter chocolate quality.
4,408 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2005
|1989||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
This is my first time tasting this wine in magnum, and I was knocked out the moment the wine hit my glass. The floral, plum and truffle aromatics are a kick, but the silky, opulent textures, endless layers of exotic fruits and length stole the show. WOW! But that's what you should expect from a 100 Pt wine, right?
3,566 Views Tasted Aug 3, 2017
As bottles age, that old chestnut about there being no good wines, only good bottles applies. And this bottle, bought as a future and held in a cold cellar was stunning in every way. The lush, opulently textured, sweet, ripe, silky textured fruit was a total turn on. As good as this bottle was, some of the new vintages being produced by the new owner at Clinet, Ronan Laborde are even better!
2,345 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
This bottle was showing quite youthful, with its layers of deep, rich, ripe, sweet, juicy dark plums, dark chocolate and truffle essence. The velvety finish combined power and sensuality.
2,418 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2015
This was close to prefect with its sexy, silky textures, soft tannins and fragrance that popped with cherry blossoms, truffle, earth and thyme filled nose. Close to mature, but with room to improve, the finish blended sensuous a mouth feel with fresh, ripe, sweet, plums and black cherries that felt great as they lingered. Enjoy this now, or wait, either way you have a stunning wine to look forward to tasting.
2,721 Views Tasted Aug 25, 2015
This was one of those that make you smile all over. And why not? It's so sexy, sensuous and pure, the wine is rich and feels like the fruit was polished with a velvet cloth before fermentation. The finish really lingers and expands.
2,368 Views Tasted May 12, 2015
As wines age, it's always about the bottle and this bottle was stellar! Sexy, lush, opulent and silky in texture, the layers of perfectly ripe fruit that remained on your palate left an impression, long after the wine went where it belonged.
3,431 Views Tasted Oct 28, 2014
Tobacco, plum, chocolate, violets and cherry liqueur sensations are all over the place. 1989 Clinet has been variable, with many bottles showing well, but not at the same level of promise they displayed in their youth. Finally, a bottle that rocked the house with its ostentatious display of silky, exotic fruit and rich velvety textures. I wish every bottle of this wine was at this level. Sadly, there seem to be a lot of bottle variation that could be attributed to the wine, corks or storage.
2,755 Views Tasted Dec 9, 2013
I've had better bottles of this wine in the past. It's always important to remember, tasting notes are about the bottle, not the wine. The nose, with its cocoa, black raspberry, truffle, caramel, smoke and earthy character was the best part of the experience. On the palate, with air, the soft, round textures lost some of their lush qualities as more of the Cabernet Sauvignon became evident. A touch of herbal character became more noticeable with time. I hope I was just catching this at an opportune moment.
2,996 Views Tasted Sep 2, 2013
Filled with fresh, ripe, juicy black and red plums, smoke, coconut, truffle, floral and dark chocolate in the nose, the wine feels like crushed silk and velvet on your palate. This sensuous, rich, opulent deep plummy wine is drinking perfectly today.
5,794 Views Tasted May 26, 2011
1989 Clinet is filled with floral notes made more interesting with scents of truffle, chocolate, jammy berries, black cherry, coffee bean and exotic spices. Rich, full bodied and concentrated with ripe, sweet fruit, the wine ends with sensations of fresh, black cherries and unsweetened chocolate. I've tasted from better bottles with more freshness and opulent qualities. At 21 years of age, it's one bottle at a time.
5,362 Views Tasted Dec 7, 2010
The intriguing perfume kicks off with plums, over ripe blackberry, spice and chocolate and is further complicated with hints of orange, floral and peach aromatics. Robust, full bodied and still young, this is an intense, concentrated wine. This silky, powerful Clinet ends with a long, exotic, black, red and citrus filled finish that takes up a lot of room in your mouth.
5,994 Views Tasted Nov 15, 2009
This was poured from an unusual shaped bottle. The previous owner produced about 1,000 of these special, Veronique shaped, taller bottles as an experiment. The wine is exactly the same, but it was great seeing this unique bottle on the table. From 100% Merlot, this wine has it all. The complex nose of black cherry, spice, figs, and flowers is exciting to sniff. Full bodied with endless depth of concentrated ripe, decadent fruit, this powerful wine delivers layer upon layer of hedonism. Close to fully mature, this Clinet is a thrilling wine to taste. It finishes with an explosion of ripe plums, cherries, chocolate, and an exotic peach note.
6,008 Views Tasted Jun 16, 2009
This amazingly rich, sexy and plush. Massive layers of velvety, opulent, lush, ripe fruit coats your senses while complex aromas keep you involved. This stunning wine mixes hedonism with intellect in every sip. Wow! This wine has a long, positive future ahead of it. Compelling is a great descriptor. I've had this wine a lot of the years and this is the best it has ever showed. Owners of this wine are sitting on an epic Pomerol! And, it's only now begining to show it's magic.
5,815 Views Tasted Mar 22, 2007
Thick, dense, lush and very sexy with layers of deep, dark, ripe, plumy fruit, jam and chocolate. Concentrated and filled with ripe tannin.
5,696 Views Tasted Feb 27, 2006
Cherry and blackberry liqueur with hints of ripe black plums bathed your nose. Surreal concentration accompanied with superb balance. The finish was as perfectly balanced, elegant and seamless.
5,380 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2005
|1988||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
It is hard to believe that its been 10 years since I last tasted this wine. From a magnum, the wine offers truffle, dark chocolate, plum and cherry notes. There is a softness to the tannins and richness in the mid-palate that carries through. The wine is fully mature, so if you are holding a bottle, pop that cork!
2,333 Views Tasted Jul 19, 2018
Lush, opulent and rich in the mouth. Aromas of chocolate covered plums, earth and ripe black cherries. It is decadence in a bottle.
3,992 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2008
|1987||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
From a perfectly stored magnum, the first 20 minutes provided quite a treat, with softness and silk to the dark red fruits. With air, the freshness and fruit qualities began to quickly fade. Drink up if you have a bottle.
2,328 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2015
|1985||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, with earthy, spicy, red berries and a slight rustic quality to the red fruit dominated finish, this wine requires drinking.
3,383 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2013
|1976||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Fully mature, medium bodied and better on its fragrant nose, than on the palate, this requires consumption sooner than later.
1,209 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
|1970||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
Much better than expected, in part this was due to perfect storage, truffle, earth, wet forest floor, spicy pipe tobacco and cherries created the perfume. Medium bodied, soft, short and sweet, this is a wine for drinking, not for cellaring.
2,648 Views Tasted May 18, 2013
|1966||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
My first time with this vintage, and frankly, due to the reputation of the vintage in the Right Bank, I was not expecting much. But I was more than pleasantly surprised. The plummy fruit was still there, the wine had depth of flavor, loads of truffle, cocoa, wet earth and dark cherries. Soft, supple and polished, this has real charm. While it is going to be impossible to find, I imagine it will sell for a song if you can purchase any bottles with provenance.
1,541 Views Tasted Oct 22, 2018
|1961||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
A wine I've been wanting to taste for years, turned out to be quite a treat! With a complicated nose packed with truffle, tobacco, cherries, wet earth and fresh herbs, the texture was smooth, soft easy to drink and like. There was good concentration of flavor and a clean, fresh, sweet, earthy red berry finish.
2,310 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2015
|1945||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
In a beautifil, Burgundian shaped, war years bottle, the fully mature Pomerol was filled with tobacco, smoke, cigar box, ash, cherry, truffle spice and earth. Tea in color, the wine offered some earth, spice and chart cherry, before fading. Still, it was an incredible honor to taste history, especially when you consider this was the year World War 2 ended.
2,799 Views Tasted Mar 27, 2012
|1943||Château Clinet (Pomerol)|
1943 Clinet was almost black in color. With a war year bottle that was intended for use in Burgundy, it looked great on the table. Very dark brown in color. Wines that dark at this age, are not a positive sign. Tart, drying, smoke, ash, cranberry, and herbs could be found. There was not much life left in the old girl. Regardless of the shape and condition of the wine, it was an honor and treat to share and taste the wine together.
2,964 Views Tasted Mar 26, 2012