2000 Clinet

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / POMEROL
  • 92 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 73 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47773-2000
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($140) Dark red, but more brown than ruby. Roasted, wild aromas of game, truffle and stewed tomato. Slightly sauvage flavors of gamey red fruits, coffee, cedar and spices; sweet and superripe but with adequate supporting acidity. More pliant than it appeared to be a year ago from barrel. Surprisingly subtle on the firm back end, yet the notes of cedar and coffee seem rather evolved. Perhaps best suited for drinking over the next ten years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 14

    Blackish crimson. Very developed nose. Sweet start and then very awkward pinched palate with lots of acidity. Some greenness.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Chocolate and berry, with mineral and cream. Full-bodied, with a wonderful velvety, caressing texture and a long, long finish. Wonderfully balanced and generous. Best Clinet I have ever tasted. 2,330 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Tasted four times from bottle (two were corked), this wine is somewhat monolithic, but there is a lot going on, hence the high score. Its youthful disjointedness is certainly a thing of the past, as the wine now exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color and a pure nose of Asian spices intermixed with smoky black currant, raspberry, and blueberry notes with some wood in the background. The wine is full-bodied, pure, sweet, and dense, with a multi-layered texture. There is plenty of tannin in the finish, but it is largely concealed by impressive quantities of extract and fruit. Certainly this is the finest Clinet made under the relatively new administration of Jean-Louis Laborde.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Bruce Lam
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Boat
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2005-2025
    Author: CaymanSomm
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Consumed @ Papilles Bistro. Smelled plummy and had a nice savory finish. It was a nice bottle, but definitely not worth the $120 I paid for it.
    Author: johnswu
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Lush savage wine.... Meaty, smoky, yet fruit rich wine.... Surprisingly powerful attack and mouthfeel... Not a sophisticated, suave wine.... I wonder how this will evolve as I had trouble discerning tannic backbone...
    Author: DJS
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Wine had a musty oxidized taste, Cloudy in color. Susbequently returned for credit to Vinfolio
    Author: Noel H
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1578 bottles owned
  • 203 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 203 collectors)