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.
2016 VINTAGE OF CHATEAU CLINET
The winter was mild and (very) wet*, followed by a fresh and rainy summer, which stretched into mid-June. Nevertheless, flowering took place in the first few days of June, during a period of beautiful, dry weather.
These restrictive conditions, associated with some extremes of temperature (cold nights, hot days), contributed to the exceptional potential for polyphenol extraction and to the good overall balance of the grapes.
Finally, after almost 2 months of drought, close on 40mm of rainfall brought relief to vegetative growth on 13th September. This allowed the perfection in maturity of the parcels suffering from excessive water stress.
The harvest began in fine weather at CLINET on 22nd September with the property’s traditional parcel.
One of the particularities of the 2016 vintage at CLINET was to harvest in several passes or selections within the same parcels of vines. This very precise work will prove particularly effective in separating the vines with different maturities.
The 2016 vintage is notable for the sanitary quality of its grapes, the light weight of its buds (between 1.2 and 1.5g/bud) and le number of buds per bunch (around 20% higher than the average observed in previous years).
This last point is a result of the excellent conditions during flowering and fruit set, followed by water stress during the summer.
The harvest continued during the week of the 26th to 30th September, serenely and in pleasant weather conditions, then finished on Monday 3rd October with the picking of the Cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon).
Big smiles stretched across the faces of the CLINET winegrowers at the culmination of the harvest of 2016. The crop yielded grapes of exceptional beauty and flavour. Moreover, they were reasonably abundant.
During these early days of maceration, we are observing an extraction which is rich (in tannins) and full of polyphenol (colour), in keeping with the perceived analyses conducted on the grape skins.
The first tastings underline our enthusiasm for the quality of this vintage.