2014 Clinet Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 94 JA 93 JD 93 JL 93 WS 92 WA 91
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, February 2017

A tight and subtle wine with very pretty ripe-fruit character and chocolate. Medium to full body. Needs time to open. Better in 2020.
JA 93

janeanson.com, February 2024

Attractive fleshy damson and black cherry fruits, with crushed rose petal fragrance that is extremely moreish, and salted cracker lift on the finish. A little less precision than you find in the 2015 or 2016 vintages...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, November 2017

For whatever reason, Chateau Clinet was not interested in having their 2015 tasted for this report and I was unable to taste it during my trip through the region. I’ll do my best to review it from bottle once it’s...
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2017

Much better in bottle, the wine has added more richness and weight. The dark red fruits are ripe, sweet and fresh, there is a supple, sensuous quality to the tannins and length in the finish. This should be even better...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, January 2017

Dark in profile, featuring a steeped core of fig and blackberry fruit that melds with roasted apple wood and ganache notes through the finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. — J.M.
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017

The 2014 Clinet was a wine that perplexed when I tasted it from barrel and as a consequence, it was one that I went back and retasted three or four times during that primeur campaign. Now in bottle, the bouquet has...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2014
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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.

Introducing the 2014 Clinet Bordeaux Blend, a captivating red wine hailing from the esteemed Pomerol sub-region of Bordeaux, France. With its deep red color and enticing aromas, this wine is sure to captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression.

The nose of the 2014 Clinet is an intricate tapestry of scents, showcasing a steeped core of fig and blackberry fruit that harmoniously melds with notes of roasted apple wood and ganache. These aromas create a dark and alluring profile, inviting you to delve deeper into the wine's complexity.

On the palate, this Bordeaux Blend reveals its true character. Medium-bodied and refined, the wine exudes a subtle elegance that is a hallmark of the Clinet estate. While not as opulent as other vintages, the 2014 Clinet boasts a refined fruit concentration, highlighted by flavors of red plum, wild strawberry, and blueberry. The tannins are supple and sensuous, adding a supple texture to the wine's overall profile.

Renowned wine critics have praised the 2014 Clinet for its exceptional qualities. Wine Spectator awarded it a score of 92, describing it as dark and featuring a steeped core of fruit, while James Suckling awarded it an impressive 94 points, noting its tight and subtle nature with ripe-fruit character and hints of chocolate. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also weighed in, giving it a score of 91 and highlighting its refinement and improved fruit concentration.

As the wine ages, it is expected to evolve and develop further, showcasing its true potential. With its balanced structure and beautiful purity, the 2014 Clinet is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment. Pair it with hearty dishes like roasted lamb or aged cheeses to fully appreciate its depth and complexity.

In conclusion, the 2014 Clinet Bordeaux Blend is a wine of exceptional quality and elegance. With its refined fruit concentration, supple tannins, and complex aromas, it stands as a testament to the craftsmanship and dedication of the Clinet estate. Whether enjoyed now or aged for years to come, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast.