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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?”




Listed as a 1st growth of Pomerol in 1893, Château Clinet’s history goes back to the 17th century.

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.



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.



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.



  • 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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 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Château Leoville Barton 2021 - 84% C. Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 3% C. Franc. 13.12% alcohol. Full, intense redcurrants. Tobacco leaves and leather. Sappy, strong structure and backbone, vibrant, great complexity and length. Refined and sophisticated touch. Lingering finish. Excellent one. 93-94p.

2m 17d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  745 wines 

This years "en primeur" tasting seemed like a journey in time. Bordeaux is back to a more moderate alcohol level and the style is lighter and more elegant. One could say the wines are reminiscent of the 80s, however made with more experience and the modern techniques today. It is not a powerful vintage. The wines are elegant, however the well made ones have an excellent persistence, depth and length. They offer a convincing potential for a long ageing and promote elegance in Bordeaux again. It is a true vintage of terroir although there is a lot of talk about a vintners vintage. However, terroir was the decisive factor in 2021.

Professor Axel Marchal has presented the 10 key points of this vintage on the occasion of the Union des Grands Crus press tasting:

"1. The start of the growing season was marked by severe frost on the 7th and 8th of April.

2. Wet and gloomy weather in May slowed down the vine growth although a providential window of fine weather helped flowering unfold in ideal conditions in early June.

3. Thunderstorms in June slowed down the onset of water stress.

4: Cool, dull weather in July increased the threat of vine diseases.

5. Véraison (colour change) was observed in mid-August, while vine growth had not stopped yet.

6. Thanks to a cool summer, the dry white wines are brilliant, lively and aromatic.

7. The wonderful Indian Summer allowed the red grape varieties to ripen in ideal conditions and preserved aromas.

8. The Merlots are fresh and aromatic while the Cabernets from the finest terroirs are well-structured with good balance.

9. The development of Botrytis cinerea in Sauternes was delayed by the cool summer and eventually triggered by rainfall in mid-September.

10. Despite low yields, the botrytised sweet white wines are of excellent quality."

It will be exciting to see the evolution of this vintage which produced in many cases yields on a very low scale. Arguably it will be a vintage praised for it finesse in the future. A vintage rated on finesse and persistence rather than on sheer power and opulence.

4m 20d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  5 wines 

Some exciting new arrivals were tasted on November 23, 2021. Two great wines from Tuscany and some truly typical wines from Bordeaux.                 

9m 20d ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  20 wines 

2020 Bordeaux is the grand finale of the never-before-experienced, three consecutive run of great vintages. Yes, there has been a few back-to-back double plays, but this is the first time Bordeaux has ever experienced a full hat trick. There are differences in the vintages, which will become more apparent as the wines age and evolve. Each vintage is unique. Perhaps 2020 is closest to 2018, for its opulent, velvet drenched, sensuous style.  Though, it is important to note that you also find freshness, lift and elegance. Here is something to consider about 2020, alcohol levels are lower for many estates, which is surprising with hot, dry years like 2020.

10m 10h ago

 Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Alión 1994 / Production was much smaller then than now. All bought in fruit of course. There are different phases for ageing of Ribera. After bottling it is depressed and then the wine starts to develop. After 8 months some reduction but not a problem because reduction protects the wine against ageing.After 7-10 years there will be light reduction. This is the 1994 stage currently. Some people will call this brett butit’s not because we have analysed all our wines. We have observed that the 1994 is leaving the reductive phase but the 1996 is approaching it. This is why these are the two wines from the whole set that are more difficult than most to understand. We prefer not to decant.
Blackish crimson. Slightly cheesey on the nose – even a bit dusty. A more traditional style than many – hint of burnt toast. Really interesting and logn – complete. Thick and sweet. Dusty finish. Rich but with lots of very firm tannins.

1y 3d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  10 wines 

2018 performed very well in the tasting at Château Nenin, which was arranged by Pomerol Séduction. 10 wines of this renowned vintage were on show and proved that the vintage has won on stature and character since the en primeur tasting in spring 2019.                 

1y 16d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  56 wines 

Bordeaux 2020 Vintage - Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2020- lots of aromatic blackcurrants and black cherries on the nose, powerful on the palate with a strong backbone, big concentration, multilayered and with great length. Long, long finish. Impressive effort. 96-97p.

1y 3m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 

2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

1y 4m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  100 wines 

I'll repeat myself with the phrase, "Pomerol is one of the strongest districts in 2018"! The truth is that it's s an accurate and valid statement. Despite not tasting Petrus and Lafleur, to name some of the big hitters, I can assure, that there is enough exceptional goof for every taste from Pomerol. As everywhere in Bordeaux, there also are very few wines under the usual standard in Pomerol.


1y 6m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  4 wines 

It was a great week-end with the chance to taste some exquisite wines, which reached my office just a few days ago. For example Cheval des Andes: Mission accomplished! When Château Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes teamed up to make a unique wine, nothing less than a real Grand Cru from Argentina was the goal. Although earlier vintages have already proved, that Cheval des Andes has the potential for this great category of wine, the 2017 gives the liquid prove. Mission accomplished could also be the title for the wines from Château d'Yquem. Both, the classic Premier Cru Classé of Sauternes, which has found a successful new interpretation over the last vintages as well as the dry version "Y" are stunning examples from Bordeaux. Another positive surprise comes also from the French South-West, Fleur de Clinet. The "second label" of Château Clinet in Pomerol has become a wine with own character and style, worth to be discovered.

1y 11m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  9 wines 

The "en primeur" tastings are coming slowly to an end as the sales campaign has started. This week finishes with an excellent tasting of very fine wines from Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. A perfect start for the week-end.

2y 3m ago

 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Merchant (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Clinet . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Taittinger Comte Blanc de Blancs 2000 / There is surprisingly little colouration, pale gold, tiny bubbles. The nose is delicate, with faint cappuccino and a meaty edge, marine too, there is definite elegance and purity. The tension here admirable with fine citrus, towards grapefruit which hits you and then drifts off into a rippling effect, tantalising the taste buds. Not sure I would get it blind it’s less evolved than the first release bottle tasted last year, where softer more honeyed notes appeared. There is precision here like a youthful white Puligny it definitely grows on you, with hints of ginger and marine carried into the finish. A good life ahead here. Drink now – 2025+, 94/100.

2y 3m ago

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