2009 Clinet

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / POMEROL
  • 100 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47773-2009-750-1A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    Clinet has been on a hot streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greatest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean-Michel Arcaute's monumental 1989. A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of blueberry pie, incense, truffles, black raspberries, licorice and wood smoke. Viscous and multi-dimensional with silky, sweet tannin, massive fruit concentration and full-bodied power, there are nearly 4,000 cases of this thick, juicy, perfect Clinet. It should drink well in 3-5 years and keep for 25-30.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: July/August 2012
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    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)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Very lush and exotic, boasting plum sauce, crushed fig, warm raspberry confiture and steeped black currant fruit all dripping over a racy but buried graphite spine. The long, dark finish has plenty of stuffing for the long haul. Really beautifully rendered. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: winecellar
  • Self | Rating: 95

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: botro
  • Self | Rating: 98

    We could say a lot of things, but to keep it simple 2009 in Pomeral was splendid. This may be the best Clinet ever. Wow, what a wine. Very young, drinkable - what a future, truly an amazing experience.
    Author: Daddy
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

  • 941 bottles owned
  • 124 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 124 collectors)