2009 Clinet Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JL 99 JG 99 DC 96 JS 96 NM 96 WA 96 WS 94 WE 92
JL 99

TheWineCellarInsider.com, November 2021

Still young, this is evolving at a glacial pace, yet there is no denying the greatness in this bottle. Deep in color, the wine pops with notes of licorice, black plum liqueur, dark cherries, chocolate, espresso, truffle...
JG 99

View From The Cellar, August 2013

Espresso bean, flowers, orange rind, truffle, spice, boysenberry, blue fruit and cocoa aromas open the wine. Thick, rich, lush, powerful and mouth filling, the wine coats your palate with sensuous layers of perfectly...
DC 96

Decanter, October 2020

A big-shouldered, powerful and classic Pomerol. Inky black in colour even at 11 years old, this is concentrated yet juicy and built for pleasure, filled with dense black cherries, fleshy raspberries, liquorice and shaved...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, March 2012

Aromas of dark fruits hazelnut and dark chocolate follow through to a full body with velvety tannins that are polished and refined. Beautiful depth of fruit to this. Best in 2018.
NM 96

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, November 2013

The Clinet ’09 is a massive wine but on this occasion it is curiously reticent at first and demands coaxing. Perhaps this is on the cusp of closing down. The palate is full-bodied and dense, loaded with glycerin but still...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2019

Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Clinet is showing quite a lot of evolution on the nose with notes of new leather, fried spices and dried herbs over a core of dried mulberries and prunes with a touch of redcurrant jelly...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2012

Very lush and exotic boasting plum sauce crushed fig warm raspberry confiture and steeped black currant fruit all dripping over a racy but buried graphite spine. The long dark finish has plenty of stuffing for the long...
WE 92

Wine Enthusiast, February 2012

A smooth superripe wine full of the sweetest fruit big and rich. It is opulent a powerhouse of dense Merlot fruits rounded out with soft tannins. R.V.


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2009
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

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.