Chateau Clinet – Pomerol 2009
Modest but sure of its presence, Clinet lies at one of the highest points upon the renowned plateau at the heart of Pomerol – instantly recognisable by its red shutters and beautiful roses. It is home to one of the oldest vineyards in the appellation, with traces of the vineyard’s existence dating back to 1595. This vineyard is equally famed for offering wine with an incomparable character and quality.
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 years.
Listed as a 1st growth of Pomerol in 1893, Chateau Clinet’s history goes back to the 17th century. The estate was acquired in 1998 by Jean-Louis Laborde, and is now managed by Ronan Laborde. Located on the highest part of the famous Pomerol plateau, Clinet has an outstanding terroir. The vines are grown sustainably and most operations are done by hand.
The underground cellar enables winemaking operations to be performed with gravity flow, and to make the wine as naturally as possible. It ages in oak barrels and is neither fined nor filtered before bottling. Chateau Clinet is an elegant, intense, refined wine with complex aromas of red fruit, blackberry, and truffle. It ages in oak barrels and is neither fined nor filtered before bottling.
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot