Chateau Clinet is one of the oldest vineyards in Pomerol. Today it is 11.27 hectares. 88% Merlot, 11.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and .5% Cabernet Franc. On average their vines are 45 years of age. But Chateau Clinet also has some of the oldest vines in Pomerol. Chateau Clinet has a special parcel of Merlot known as “La Grand Vigne”. This is their best terroir and features vines planted in 1934. Chateau Clinet is at one of the highest points on the Pomerol Plateau. Neighbours include LEglise Clinet, Clos LEglise, Feytit-Clinet, Trotanoy, Lafleur, and Petrus. Their soil is a complex blend of gravel, clay and iron-rich sandy soils.
Small batches ferment in 17 state of the art stainless steel vats. The wine ages in 60% new oak. A small portion of the oak is German and Austrian. The press wine is used if it’s determined the wine requires more structure at final blending. The wines of Clinet are like the best Pomerol. Rich and supple. The power and complexity come through with aging. Chateau Clinet formula is high-quality wine and affordable pricing. it is a win/win.
Chateau Clinet Pomerol 2019 Notes
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Bordeaux, 20 May 2020)
Part of Best Pomerol 2019 wines tasted en primeur
Seductive and appealing blend of rich coffee and chocolate alongside pulsing cassis and bilberry fruits. Great quality Clinet, extremely well expressed with controlled ripe fruits and firm tannins that provide a pretty strict frame at this point. This is a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon for a Pomerol wine, and it gives characteristic poise and balance. A yield of 38hl/ha. 75% new oak.
Drinking Window 2028 – 2044
Situated near the Atlantic coast of France. The Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers provide its shape. Cool conditions and frequent rainfall, including during harvest time, make Bordeaux quite a marginal region with vintages frequently ruined by rain or saved from the rain at the last-minute by timely sunshine.
Merlot dominates here ably supported by Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon a distant (and sometimes non-existent) third. There is only 800 hectare of vines and almost 150 producers and Pomerol is the only major appellation of Bordeaux to eschew a ranking system. The quality at the top level is arguably better than any other Bordeaux but it can vary.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus, they are almost not needed.
The main grape of Bordeaux’s left bank. Cabernet is late-ripening and full of acid and tannin. The great wines have structure but finessed with beautiful cassis, violets and it also transmits the flavours of the soil it is grown in really well. Cabernet isn’t a drink now variety, it needs 10 or more years to show its best. But when you get there, WOW! Often blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or in Australia Shiraz to fill out its mid-palate referred to as the ‘Cabernet doughnut’.
Is one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux. But also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.
This year I got to taste the barrel samples for the first time. And while I don’t think 2019 is the vintage of the century. But is of outstanding quality. 2019 is up there with some of the best in the modern era. What’s more, this is the most affordable great vintage of Bordeaux we’ve seen in many, many years. And if you’ve been as lucky as I have and drunk a fair bit of mature Bordeaux, you will know that the great vintages, like 2019, are always a pleasure to drink.