1995 Clinet

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / POMEROL
abv 15.0%
  • 96 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 73 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47773-1995-750-3B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    Another extraordinary wine made in a backward vin de garde style, the 1995 Clinet represents the essence of Pomerol. The blackberry, cassis liqueur-like fruit of this wine is awesome. The color is saturated black/purple, and the wine extremely full-bodied and powerful with layers of glycerin-imbued fruit, massive richness, plenty of licorice, blackberry, and cassis flavors, full body, and a thick, unctuous texture. This is a dense, impressive offering from administrator Jean-Michel Arcaute. This wine should continue to improve for another 10-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Blockbuster. The essence of berry, cherry and tobacco character. Full-bodied and very tannic, yet incredibly opulent. Long aftertaste of smoke, game, chocolate and fruit.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 14

    Very dark lustrous crimson. Rust rim. Very old, lightly oxidised nose. Good round old-fashioned fruit on the palate. Dry, dusty finish. Old! Dusty syrup.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Dan McD
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Exceptionally good. WIll get better with age. Very powerful Pomeral with an interesting distinctive taste
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Funky undertone that persists even after several hours of decanting. Don't really think it will get any better.
    Author: ebgreenb
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Retail purchase, held 2.5 years. Very firm. Deeply hued with a leathery, if shy, nose even after 2 hours decant. More on the power than beauty of Pomerol, with a big tannic structure holding down fruit which like some 1995s is not able to break its chains yet. Austere, and yet a slight raisin element on the long finish.
    Author: Miguel L
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.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1583 bottles owned
  • 217 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 217 collectors)