2016 Clinet Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JD 99 JA 98 DC 97 WA 97 JL 96 JS 95 WS 93
JD 99

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

Tasted on four separate occasions, the 2016 Château Clinet is another brilliant wine from this estate. Showing slightly more freshness and purity than the 2015, its saturated purple color is followed by a thrilling array...
JA 98

janeanson.com, April 2023

Grilled sandalwood, vanilla bean, charcoal, damson and black cherry, here they get the balance exactly right between concentration and lightness of touch. Ytterly compelling, a great wine, layering brambled fruit against...
DC 97

Decanter, January 2019

This is a wine that makes you want to slow down, take your time and let those flavours envelop you. It's a little subdued right now, but the texture pulls you in and holds on tight. There is Cabernet in the DNA here and...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2019

Combines elegance, grace and concentration, with purity and freshness, allowing the silky, lush, chocolate infused, plums and black cherries to shine through all those truffles. Long and complex, with the ability to age...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

Beautiful blue fruit and earth with hints of black truffle, this has a violet and fragrant edge, too. Really complex, youthful impression here. The palate has mouthwatering fruit flavor and terrific sense of fresh energy...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, March 2019

Warm and fleshy in feel, showing dark plum, boysenberry and blackberry sauce flavors infused with mulling spice and black tea notes. Singed alder and tobacco hints flicker on the finish, adding texture. This delivers an...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2016
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.

This 2016 Clinet Bordeaux blend from France is a true masterpiece that exemplifies the elegance and complexity of Pomerol wines. Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has been aged in a combination of new and one-year-old barrels, resulting in a deep garnet-purple color that hints at the richness within.

On the nose, this wine offers a symphony of aromas, from cedar and smoked meats to black and red plums, earthy notes, and hints of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is a medium to full-bodied delight, with layers of red and black fruit, polished tannins, and a lingering earthy finish.

Renowned wine critics have praised this wine for its exceptional quality. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it an impressive 97 points, describing it as elegant, polished, and vivacious. Wine Spectator raved about its warm and fleshy feel, while James Suckling noted its beautiful blue fruit and earthy complexity.

With a score of 99 from Jeb Dunnuck and high ratings from other critics, this 2016 Clinet is a wine that demands attention and appreciation. It is a wine that will only continue to improve with age, making it a valuable addition to any wine collector's cellar.