2008 Clinet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L

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  • WS 93
  • WE 91
  • JS 90

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
Another resounding success for the vintage the opaque purple-colored 2008 Clinet (14.4% alcohol) is composed of 85% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare while higher... Another resounding success for the vintage the opaque purple-colored 2008 Clinet (14.4% alcohol) is composed of 85% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare while higher than in 2010 were still modest. Another powerful big large-scaled effort the 2008 exhibits an inky/purple color as well as sweet creme de cassis blackberry plum Asian spice licorice and incense notes. Layered and full-bodied with stunning purity and a 40+ second finish this beauty needs 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25-30 years.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2010
Ripe rich and almost flashy with gorgeous spice mocha and warm raspberry ganache notes up front followed by darker fig currant graphite and black tea on the long racy finish. Accessible now this will be a real winner when... Ripe rich and almost flashy with gorgeous spice mocha and warm raspberry ganache notes up front followed by darker fig currant graphite and black tea on the long racy finish. Accessible now this will be a real winner when it knits together fully. Best from 2013 through 2019.-J.M.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Dark-colored wine with smoky bitter chocolate flavors: cocoa plus spice and jammy black plums. It's powerful densely textured finishing with good acidity. R.V.
JS 90
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2010
Smoky and fruity with dark fruits and spices. Full body chewy tannins with an excellent core of fruit underneath it all. This needs time to mellow. Give it at least three or four years.
JJB 95
Jeff Loo - JJ Buckley, February 2011
85% merlot 12% of cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc. The cab sauv really adds an extra dimension to this wonderful Pomerol grown on soil made of gravel sand and clay. Ripe red fruits blend well with pepper leather... 85% merlot 12% of cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc. The cab sauv really adds an extra dimension to this wonderful Pomerol grown on soil made of gravel sand and clay. Ripe red fruits blend well with pepper leather and violets and well integrated oak. The palate is full bodied with smooth tannins providing great freshness accuracy and an unending finish. Definitely a star of the vintage! This should evolve for the next 25+ years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2008

Label

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.