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Château CLINET is one of the most prestigious estates of the Pomerol wine region, set amongst the finest parcels of this well-known plateau. Located 40km to the east of Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Garonne River, its gravelly clay soil makes Pomerol the terroir of the finest Merlots in the world. The natural resources required to produce the exceptional quality of our grapes, simply cannot be reproduced anywhere else on earth.

Successive generations of owners have been producing world-renowned wines here for centuries and, since 1998, it has been the duty and privilege of the Laborde family to perpetuate the highest possible standards, observing the traditions of a strict cultural approach.

In the 1980s Jean-Michel Arcaute married Clinet's proprietor George Audy's daughter and by 1986 Jean Michel was running the property. He engaged the services of cult oenologist Michel Rolland, who introduced much later harvesting, ensuring super-ripe fruit, as well as extending the amount of time the wines spent in 100% new oak barriques. 

Clinet produces a wine which is concentrated and rich but is supremely well balanced with a finish that lasts and lasts. It is hard to resist when young, yet the wines from the best vintages will continue to improve for over 10 years. Jean-Michel Arcaute was tragically killed in a boating accident in 2001.

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Clinet – as impressive as during tasting at the property 4 days earlier. Huge and powerful wine (90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc) with lot of perfectly ripe fruit and tannin, very concentrated, great complexity and long finish. 96p.
  • 96p
Medium deep colour. Praline, cedar, plum aromas. Supple and slinky with ripe red plum red currant herb flavours, brambly tannins and underlying savoury oak. Finishes chalky firm long and minerally. 89 points
  • 89p
Tasted 3 times in 3 different occassions. Very consistent in the performance. Rich and intense floral first cames to the nose. A mix of dark and red cherry in palate, and came then some sweet spices, vanilla and coffee. Very charming and elegant. Opulent with really good structure. Long finish. One of my highly rated ones from right bank! 96+
  • 96p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with intense fruit, dark berries and ripe plums, hints of chocolate and coffee, gingerbread spices in the background. On the palate opulent and rich with great depth and length, complex approach with ripe tannins and discreet minerality in the finish, adding to the wine's freshness.
  • 96p



Pomerol, Bordeaux


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