2011 Clinet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML
  • NM 95
  • WA 95
  • WS 94
  • JS 93
  • WE 93

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NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
Tasted twice the second time at the property with Ronan Laborde. The Clinet 2011 is a blend of 85% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc picked from 7th September until 26th September. It has a ravishing... Tasted twice the second time at the property with Ronan Laborde. The Clinet 2011 is a blend of 85% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc picked from 7th September until 26th September. It has a ravishing bouquet with multi-layered creamy dark fruit blueberry cassis and a touch of vanilla pod. It soars from the glass and takes no prisoners. The palate is full-bodied with rich saturated tannins low acidity rounded and sensual in the mouth with an intense voluminous finish that leaves a touch of oyster shell as its calling card. A second sample at the chateau promoted the fine tannins offering a much more delineated finish much more precise but a little drier (possibly because of the more cloudy weather.) Excellent Mon. Laborde! Tasted April 2012.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
Clinet has produced a blockbuster wine, even in the lighter, less consistent vintage of 2011. It reveals a dense purple color as well as an abundance of black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with... Clinet has produced a blockbuster wine, even in the lighter, less consistent vintage of 2011. It reveals a dense purple color as well as an abundance of black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, incense and a touch of camphor. Full-bodied, opulent and fleshy with a substantial finish, this showy, dramatic 2011 should drink well for 15-20 years. Brilliant! - Robert Parker
WS 94
Wine Spectator, April 2012
This has solid range with blueberry loganberry and bergamot notes mixed together and framed by anise-infused toast. There's solid flesh through the finish with lingering purity.-J.M.
JS 93
jamessuckling.com, April 2012
A silky wine with dark chocolate and currant character. Chewy tannins but polished. Full and complete. Very velvety textured. Hand crafted wine for the vintage.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast, April 2012
Blackberry fruits dominate this ripe wine. It is already delicious with a round and well-cushioned structure. -R.V.
JJB 97
JJ Buckley, April 2012
85% Merlot 12% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc. From a 9-hectare estate with average vine age of 40 years planted at a density of 6600 vines per hectare in mixed gravel and clay soils. Aged in a combination of... 85% Merlot 12% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc. From a 9-hectare estate with average vine age of 40 years planted at a density of 6600 vines per hectare in mixed gravel and clay soils. Aged in a combination of 55% new oak and 45% one-year old barrels sourced from five to six forests and a similar number of coopers. Opaque purple with violet rim. The wine displays an enticing and harmonious nose of black truffle black fig pepper sweet tobacco and licorice and an impressive silky mid-palate. Surprisingly this is accessible enough to pull the cork and enjoy now but built for mid-term drinking with fine grained tannins that will carry this for the next 15 to 20 years. Clinet has been making some really stellar wines and Ronan Laborde's 2011 effort is a great follow up to the sensational 2009 and 2010. About 4000 cases produced.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2011

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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.

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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.