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We admit to being quite taken with the current crop of Pomerols, and the ripeness and sweet fruit displayed this bottling are very much why. Plush and polished in a way that we recognize from our home-grown Merlots, it sports plenty of minerally complexity and rich oak and is far more than a simple exhibition of fruit. Like the best of its Pomerol partners, it is an ageworthy wine in spite of its immediate appeals, and it promises to reach its best stride only after five to ten years have passed.
Exhibits subtle, complex aromas of black olive, mushroom and crushed berry. Full-bodied, with a velvety tannin structure and a decadent, ripe fruit aftertaste. Slightly earthy, but with loads of delicious fruit. Best after 2013. 2,915 cases made.
Located on the right bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux, Pomerol’s esteemed Château Clinet is known for its outstanding Merlot-based Bordeaux blends. Vineyard Manager Jean-Michel Aracaute has been operating the estate’s land since the 1980s and is responsible for the producer’s growth. In 1998, Michel Rolland joined the team as a consulting winemaker after the Laborde family purchased the chateau and chose to introduce more modern winemaking techniques to ensure long-term aging for the grand vin. Sustainability and organic farming also play a key role in Clinet’s success, so much that the 1989 and 2009 vintages both received perfect 100-point scores from acclaimed wine critic, Robert Parker. The Laborde family influence has greatly increased the portfolio range by adding an approachable list of AOC Bordeaux classified red and white wines for more widespread consumption.
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