2010 Clinet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L
  • WA 98
  • JL 97
  • JS 96
  • NM 96
  • WS 95

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010: A spectacular success in this vintage this blend of 85% Merlot 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc achieved 15% natural alcohol. Sadly there are only 3400 cases primarily because of the small Merlot... 2010: A spectacular success in this vintage this blend of 85% Merlot 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc achieved 15% natural alcohol. Sadly there are only 3400 cases primarily because of the small Merlot crop (yields were only 29 hectoliters per hectare). The wine's opaque purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of boysenberries blueberries black currants licorice truffles and a hint of asphalt. The wine possesses great intensity a multidimensional mouthfeel stunning glycerin and richness and wonderful freshness as well as precision because of the vintage conditions. This massive Pomerol will age effortlessly for 30-35 years. Equaling what Clinet achieved in 1989 and 1990 it is the third successive great vintage for this estate.
JL 97
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
Clinet owner Ronan Laborde used what he called a classic Pomerol blend of 85% Merlot 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. At 14.6 % alcohol than they achieved in 2009. Effective yields are also lower than in... Clinet owner Ronan Laborde used what he called a classic Pomerol blend of 85% Merlot 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. At 14.6 % alcohol than they achieved in 2009. Effective yields are also lower than in 2009. In fact they are close to 25% less which means there will be a lot less wine in the marketplace from this outstanding vintage. Opaque in color explosive floral plum black fruit jammy berry oak chocolate and black raspberry scents create a beguiling perfume. This complex spicy wine coats your palate with layers of pure sweet ripe plums. This is a hedonistic sensuous style of Pomerol that blends intensity with pleasure and chocolate covered ripe fruit.
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
Nothing on the palate and then all of a sudden it blasts off on the finish. Superb Clinet. Full and velvety. Juicy.
NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2011
Tasted somewhere (but I cannot remember exactly where) the Clinet 2010 has a precocious nose that soon settles in the glass: very pure dark cherry and blueberry fruit with touches of black olive and vanilla building in... Tasted somewhere (but I cannot remember exactly where) the Clinet 2010 has a precocious nose that soon settles in the glass: very pure dark cherry and blueberry fruit with touches of black olive and vanilla building in intensity but remaining composed. The palate is full-bodied with ripe "clingy" tannins that do not want to let go and yet the texture of smooth and seductive. Don't be fooled by the first half. Those tannins kick in towards the second with a surprising dry taut tar-tinged finish. This is a complex Clinet that will really show its true colours after bottling. Well done Ronan!
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
Rich and fleshy with a cocoa powder frame to the blueberry raspberry and dark plum fruit. Long with some muscle yet stays graceful overall.
JJB 98
John Perry - JJ Buckley, April 2011
85% merlot 12% cabernet sauvignon 3% cabernet franc. Aged in 60% new oak and 40% one year old barrels. The vines average 43 years in age planted on a mix of clay and gravel soils. Michel Rolland consults. From the first... 85% merlot 12% cabernet sauvignon 3% cabernet franc. Aged in 60% new oak and 40% one year old barrels. The vines average 43 years in age planted on a mix of clay and gravel soils. Michel Rolland consults. From the first whiff this hits you as a sensational wine as the nose is fabulously fragrant and enticing with gobs of black fruit that find harmony in ripeness and freshness and a streak of minerality cuts through the fruit along with lavender and vanilla. A seductively smooth entry leads to a seamless and layered wine that delivers from beginning to end. Layer upon layer of concentrated blackberry mineral earth and mocha flavors build on the palate while effortlessly receding on the finish. Polished tannins caress the back of the wine and round out this beautiful offering. Difficult to provide words that would do the 2010 Clinet justice this is a powerful effort that displays terrific structure and is deftly poised and balanced. This outstanding wine could potentially be a 50 year wine. Bravo!
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2010

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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

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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.