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Famed Pomerol ‘plateau’ vineyard now available to aspiring winemakers

VINIV, the only company that lets wine enthusiasts work alongside elite Bordeaux winemakers to produce their own premium barrels using vineyards from the region’s most coveted appellations, has added Pomerol to its roster.

The section of 50-year-old Merlot vines, owned by Château CLINET, is located at the centre of Pomerol’s famous ‘Gunz gravel’ and clay terrace where many of the appellation’s most reputable properties are located. Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s most renowned appellations, making access to this fruit scarce and uncommon.

The partnership with Château CLINET helps VINIV move closer to its goal of providing its members with vineyard and varietal options from all of Bordeaux’s best appellations for their premium blends. Château CLINET’s Merlot vineyard is the 14th single-varietal parcel available to VINIV winemakers.

“We love VINIV’s innovative approach of putting sophisticated consumers at the centre of the winemaking experience”, says Ronan Laborde, CEO of Groupe CLINET.  “Providing a discreet amount of our best vines in Pomerol is an excellent way for Château CLINET to demonstrate what makes our terroir, landscape and winemaking practices so unique.”

This announcement follows VINIV’s recent additions of Cabernet Sauvignon vines located at Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, as well as Château Giscours and Château du Tertre in Margaux. VINIV’s other vineyards are ideally situated in Saint-Émilion, Saint-Estèphe, Graves and Canon-Fronsac.

According to Eric Boissenot, VINIV’s consulting oenologist and advisor to many of Bordeaux’s most prestigious classified growths, “Merlot from this sector of Pomerol produces velvety, dense, and complex wines.  It offers VINIV clients a beautiful complement or alternative to the tense and equally-sophisticated wines from the limestone soils of neighboring Saint-Émilion.”

Stephen Bolger, Founder and CEO of VINIV, adds: “Just the mention of Pomerol evokes scarcity and the best of Bordeaux wines. Working with Château CLINET is a privilege and the perfect response to our most frequent client request of recent years: Can I get access to Merlot from Pomerol for my blend?”

 

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History

The name CLINET can be read “Cliné” on the Belleyme map of 1785 where it appears among a cluster of wines around the ancienne église. The name could derive from the old French ‘cliner’, used during the 16th century. The word meant to ‘bow’ or ‘lean’ – possibly a reference to the slope, which runs down from the famous Plateau de Pomerol, providing natural drainage.

 

Since the 19th century, successive generations of families have taken over the ownership and management of Château CLINET, all committed to perfecting the quality of its production and stamping their own identity on this bijou estate. Today it is owned by the Laborde family who, since 1998, have set Clinet on a firm footing alongside the best of the Pomerol appellation.

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Vineyards

The climate combined with deep clay subsoils, covered in gravel, make our Pomerol terroir the best location in the world to grow Merlot grapes, a dark blue-coloured variety with fine skin, natural freshness and a tendency for early ripening. Our vines, whose average age currently stands at a remarkable 40 years, sink their roots to depths of 2 to 3 metres, drawing on the unique natural resources of this region, which are fundamental to producing grapes of such exceptional quality.

 

At Château CLINET, respect for the environment is not a political issue. Quite simply, traditional cultivation methods have been yielding the best crops in Pomerol for many centuries and our team is committed to building a successful future shaped by our rich heritage. This is why an eco-friendly approach is given such a high priority when cultivating our vines, with preference being given to working the soil and natural grass covering rather than chemical treatment. It is essential to be able to anticipate, in a natural way, potential vine diseases in order to quickly remedy them in a preventative manner.

At Château CLINET, we believe passionately that careful, integrated farming of the soil by man (and horses) produces better results.

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Winemaking

Our vinification process aims to maintain the freshness, finesse and character of Château CLINET wines. Harvesting is always carried out manually. Following meticulous selection, gravity guides the harvested grapes to the vats in line with the harvesting plan. On average, fermentation and maceration lasts for one month, before the wine is transferred into barrels. The ‘free run’ wines are separated from the ‘pressed’ wines, and then aged separately.

 

The layout of our cellars allows good traceability from the vineyard to the end of the ageing period. The production of a well-defined parcel can also be followed in each vat, then each barrel.

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  • Ronan Laborde

    Above all, the success of Château CLINET has been based on the passion shared by all those working on the property, whose hearts beat to the rhythm of the vines.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  24 wines 

The 2016 Bordeaux vintage will be remembered as one of the great years of the 21st Century. I have not been so excited about the prospects of such young wines since the remarkable back-to-back 2009 and 2010 vintages. At that time China was at the zenith of its extraordinary fine wine ascendency where the very top estates, particularly Chateau Lafite, had become a baksheesh currency. Every man and his dog, with a connection with government, curried favour or accepted gifts with Grand Cru Bordeaux, particularly First Growths. During this extraordinary time, the prices of Bordeaux started to move up at a more rapid speed than Sydney Real Estate. When we were filming Red Obsession in 2011 the Bordeaux wine market had become a classic bubble, even though the main actors still believed otherwise. Self-entitlement and denial always go hand in hand. Nonetheless, it has taken five years for the market to reset itself. Bordeaux is more confident again. Even interest from China has grown again. The market is now around 280 million Euros annually, which illustrates the resilience, power and track record of Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux wines.

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  161 wines 

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

6m 3d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  64 wines 

98 wines tasted from Pomerol 2016 vintage, a stunning vintage for the appelation. Petrus might be the wine of the vintage, such finesse! But many others as well. Le Pin, La Conseillante, Clinet, Gazin, Petit Village, Lafleur, L'Evangile, VCC, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy, L'Eglise-Clinet and many more made stunning wines. Gazin made the best wine they ever did, same with Nenin. Pomerols are beyond seductive in 2016.

6m 12d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  14 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  14 wines 

1990 Château Clinet / Deep ruby, garnet rim. Intense nose, leaps out of the glass with exotic spices, blueberries, blackberries, starting prunes and figs, delicious and mouthwatering nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, elegant, refreshing, darker fruits, spices, elegant, refined, lovely balance, long. Beautiful and charming. 96

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 Fernando Pessoa, Pro (Spain)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  50 wines 

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 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Bordeaux 2007 Tasting -Part I  Right Bank / 2007 Vintage was marked by regular rainfall all summer long and a beautiful month of September. The wines are aromatic and have retained great freshness. 


After an exceptionally warm month of April, the weather deteriorated starting in May. July was cool and wet, followed by a dry spell in early August, then showers at the end of that month. Fine weather returned in September, with three weeks of ideal conditions: hot days and cool nights.  The weather was more variable by the end of the month, with a few showers, although none were heavy or long-lasting.


 

1y 7d ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  17 wines 

“I spent my last weekend with loads of Pomerols by Elke D.
Some very good wines - the 1971 Pétrus is a great wine!””

1y 1m ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  3 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  61 wines 

“I did have quite great expectations for 2015 vintage while tasting barrel samples in two first weeks in April 2016. Mainly because I witnessed during 10 days stay in Bordeaux (28.09 - 08.10), exceptional quality of grapes, their ripeness inside and outside, and very favourable weather in September and October, which promised so much. Expectations weren't fulfilled 100% unfortunately. Anyway, 2015 has nothing to be ashamed of!”

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  50 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Part I / I did have quite great expectations for 2015 vintage while tasting barrel samples in two first weeks in April 2016. Mainly because I witnessed during 10 days stay in Bordeaux (28.09 - 08.10), exceptional quality of grapes, their ripeness inside and outside, and very favourable weather in September and October, which promised so much. Expectations weren't fulfilled 100% unfortunately. Anyway, 2015 has nothing to be ashamed of!”

1y 4m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  23 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Part III / Petrus 2015 - Medium deep colour. Fragrant inky dark plum, dark cherry aniseed aromas with touch of praline, espresso oak. Beautiful concentrated wine with inky dark plum dark cherry fruit, supple vigorous graphite textures, generous smooth yet juicy rich mid palate, cedar mocha oak notes and slinky firm tannin finish. Perfectly balanced and integrated with lovely energy vibrancy and juiciness. A great Ch Petrus in the making. 100 points. ”

1y 4m ago

 Winnie Wing-Yin Ng , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  44 wines 

“Now is time to consolidate all the reviews from the En Primeur tasting after spending two weeks Bordeaux tasting wines from different regions. I will first write about the Right Bank which is said to be the winner of the vintage because of the beautifully ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and of course because of lower rainfall compared to the Left Bank during the harvest season.

Pomerol is a true beauty in 2015 with consistence among the top wineries, possessing very fine tannin and freshness in the combination of just-at-the-right-time-ripened grapes. Even the alcohol level was comparatively high, most of the wines I tasted that didn't give me a strong kick of that. I didn't find any over extraction or over ripened situation in most of the wines. ”

1y 5m ago

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