2008 Château Clinet Pomerol Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2008 Château Clinet  (Pomerol) 95

This continues filling out and softening and is really starting to show well. Popped and poured, the wine is floral, soft, and fragrant with accents of truffle, licorice, and cocoa that joins perfectly with all the sweet, fresh, round, ripe cherries. You can pop a cork today with pleasure. This should drink well for at least another 15-20 to 20 years. 95 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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

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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, pasta, and cheese.