2006 Clinet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WE 91
  • WA 91
  • WS 90
  • IWC 90

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$91.94

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Reg: $102.94

$91.94

This product is
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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast, March 2009
A powerhouse of rich Merlot big ripe with black plums sweet figs and only light acidity. A wine for lovers of big Merlots this rolls generously around the mouth. Because of this immediate richness it seems likely to age... A powerhouse of rich Merlot big ripe with black plums sweet figs and only light acidity. A wine for lovers of big Merlots this rolls generously around the mouth. Because of this immediate richness it seems likely to age quickly. R.V.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2016
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then later at the château.The 2006 Château Clinet has a nose that appears to have reached maturity. Red berry fruit, red cherries, a touch of fig jam... Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then later at the château.The 2006 Château Clinet has a nose that appears to have reached maturity. Red berry fruit, red cherries, a touch of fig jam coming through with aeration. It is not as complex as the top tier vintages from Ronan Laborde and his team, yet there is charm in spades. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, grippy in the mouth and with an almost crunchy, cracked black pepper finish that is a little more reserved than I was expecting. I would personally open bottles of the 2006 over the next 10-15 years. Tasted March 2016. - Neal Martin
WS 90
Wine Spectator, March 2009
Pretty raspberry mineral and vanilla aromas and flavors with hints of dried herbs. Full-bodied with good silky tannins and a long finish that shows lots of raspberry and cherry fruit. Attractive and balanced for the... Pretty raspberry mineral and vanilla aromas and flavors with hints of dried herbs. Full-bodied with good silky tannins and a long finish that shows lots of raspberry and cherry fruit. Attractive and balanced for the vintage. Best after 2013. 2915 cases made. -JS
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2009
Red-ruby. Highly aromatic inviting nose offers black raspberry mocha chocolate licorice and a minty nuance. Lush sweet and round with very good richness and vinosity to the black raspberry smoke and mocha flavors. The... Red-ruby. Highly aromatic inviting nose offers black raspberry mocha chocolate licorice and a minty nuance. Lush sweet and round with very good richness and vinosity to the black raspberry smoke and mocha flavors. The broad firm finish shows a distinct medicinal reserve suggesting that this will be better for five years or so in the cellar.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2006

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The vinification process for Chateau Clinet aims to maintain the freshness, finesse and character. Harvesting is always carried out manually, and following meticulous selection, gravity delivers the grapes to the vats. The cellar layout allows good traceability from the vineyard to the end of the aging period. The production of a well-defined parcel can be followed in each vat, then each barrel.

On average, fermentation and maceration lasts for one month, whereupon the wine is transferred into barrels. ‘Free run’ wines are separated from ‘pressed’ wines, and then aged separately. The wine is aged in French oak barrels. around 60 percent new with the remaining being one-year old.

Winery

Clinet

Chateau Clinet lies at the highest point of the Pomerol Plateau on the Gunz gravel terrace, origin of the appellation’s most prestigious crus. It’s a remarkable terroir of old gravel and deep clay over a subsoil of clinker. The vines sink roots 5 metres deep where they are gently warmed by naturally occurring volcanic stones.

The estate has been producing some of the world’s most prestigious wines for centuries. The Belleyme Map, published in 1785, shows the terroir of Chateau Clinet was already exclusively under vine.

Since the 1980s, Jean-Michel Arcaute has managed the vineyard. He has been instrumental in revolutionizing them, replanting with Merlot instead of Cabernet and introducing hand-harvesting, manual selection, and a longer cuvaison.

Merlot accounts for the vast majority of grape varieties (90%) with the remainder being made up of Cabernet-Sauvignon (9%) and Cabernet Franc (1%). The total area under vine is 11.3 hectares and the average age of the vines is 40 years.

The vines are grown with total respect for the environment, giving pride of place to tilling and grassing rather than using chemicals and the human hand over machines.