2009 Clinet 750ml

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2009 Clinet
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Deep medium ruby. Blackberry, blueberry and licorice on the nose, lifted by a violet topnote. At once hefty and penetrating, with lovely depth and breadth to the black fruit flavors. A bit youthfully medicinal today and not yet particularly complex but shows the sweetness of the vintage in spades. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and excellent length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 163

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Inky dark core. Spicy and meaty on the nose. Very smooth tannins and full of lovely pure fruit. Tannins very well handled and (deceptively?) rounded. Just fresh enough. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2017-2030
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Score: 96
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/22/2013
Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Deep and rich color with aromas of brick dust, damp earth and faint lilies. Very closed - requires several hours to air. Tannins hiding the fruit, dark berry, and hints of lead pencil. Thick but not unctuous with a long finish on the tongue. Very enjoyable, and exemplifies the globalization of wine, which is becoming very 'new worldly.' But this is not homogeneous in any way. I believe several more years will truly benefit this wine.

About This Producer


Chateau Clinet is located at the highest point of the Pomerol Plateau on the famous Gunz gravel terrace, origin of the appellation's most prestigious crus. Clinet's reputation as a fine wine producer was already established by the 19thC. The property belonged to the Constant Family before passing into the hands of the Arnaud Family, who were at the same time owners of Chateau Petrus. From 1900 to 1991, Clinet belonged to the Audy family, a large Bordaux negociant.

The arrival of managing director Jean-Michel Arcaute in the early 1980s marked a real turning point in the wines of Clinet. He introduced revolutionary changes to the status quo: green harvest, leaf thinning, delaying harvest until physiological ripeness had been reached and reducing the percentage of the Cabernets in favor of the more suitable Merlot, among other important modifications.

Jean-Michel Arcaute remained on as managing director after Chateau was purchased by the GAN insurance company in 1991. In 1998, Chateau Clinet was bought by Jean-Louis Laborde who devoted all his energy and vision to pursuing the evolution inspired by the preceding owners. The estate has been run since 2003 by his son, Ronan. Ronan Laborde and his winemaker Roman are the youngest team in the Union des Grands Crus.

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