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The Story

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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Early bud-break
The season started with a record. April was the mildest month of the last few years. The high temperatures of the beginning of the season brought about an early bud-break and therefore the prospect of a very early harvest.

 

A cool, damp growing season
However, May, June and July were cool and damp, slowing down the growing cycle. These climatic conditions also favoured outbreaks of downy mildew, a fungal disease that affects the vines’ leaves and bunches and which can have adverse effects on the quality of the wines. The disease prevention strategies and canopy management work (de-leafing, crop thinning and so on…) were key factors in the success of the vintage.

 

Careful monitoring of the vines and adapting to the climatic conditions
In spite of frequent rain showers, signs of hydric stress could be observed in the vineyard at the beginning of August. These indications are the consequence of the combination of adapting the vineyard work to the conditions of the year, such as seeding grass between the rows of vines, and the intrinsic quality of the terroir of Château Clinet.

 

A crucial September
The month of September proved to be crucial in determining the quality of the vintage. Excellent conditions, lovely fine, dry weather and cool nights made it possible to reach optimum ripeness with promising phenolic concentration in the skins.

 

A late harvest
At Château Clinet, the picking began on September 25th with the Merlot and finished on October 4th with the Cabernet Sauvignon, which was a late harvest, considering the picking dates of the last vintages. Sign of a succeeded maturity, the alcohol level of the Merlots borders the 14°, while the Cabernets aproach the 12,5°.

 

Vinification and ageing
Macerations lasted 3 to 4 weeks on average, with regular punching down of the cap to carry out the gentlest of extractions. Ageing is done in new barrels (60%) and barrels of one wine (40%), which have aged the 2005 vintage. In spite of a diffusion of the tertiary flavours more marked at the beginning of the ageing, the wines remain precise, balanced and fresh, all characteristics of a very good vintage!

Clinet 2007 displays a deep, ruby-purple colour. The nose reveals delicious aromas of juicy black fruit, such as fresh plums, together with oak and spices. The palate is full of flavour with fresh fruit, such as plums, blackberries and blackcurrants mingling subtly with cloves, toasted vanilla and ganache. The tannins are silky, and the finish is deliciously soft

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Bright ruby. Blueberries, coffee, leather, Pu Erh tea, vanilla, mint, intense and layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, very elegant texture, towards seductive if a bit ripe style. Long, slightly woody finish. Needs five years. 91

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