Chateau Clinet – Pomerol 2010
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.
The blend for 2010 is largely dominated by 85% Merlot, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc also included. Inky/purple-colored, the wine has an exceptionally full-bodied, layered, moderately tannic mouthfeel and impressive power. Loads of melted chocolate/fudge and black fruits galore along with some coffee bean, mocha, as well as some background oak are all present in this big, formidably endowed, masculine style of Pomerol that will take longer to shed its tannin than the 2009. I would give this wine 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 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 Sauvignon & BlendS