2012 Château Clinet

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / POMEROL
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 93 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47773-2012

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  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 93

    Fabulous nose of orange peel, blueberries and blackberries. Full body, firm tannins and a cocoa, cedar and berry finish. Little austere now but so fine. Truly outstanding for the vintage. Better after 2016.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Gorgeous plum cake, melted licorice and steeped currant and blackberry fruit is inlaid with notes of fruitcake and singed vanilla bean. Long and plush through the finish, with a buried charcoal spine that adds needed cut.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    With a dense purple color and gorgeous levels of fruit, especially black raspberry and blackcurrant, this full-bodied, opulent style of wine is another great success for Clinet, a chateau that has been on top of its game for the last decade. This is stunning stuff, and whatever new oak has been used - and there is plenty - it is totally disguised by the luxurious and extravagant fruit level. This full-bodied, opulent Pomerol should drink well for 15 or more years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 428 bottles owned
    • 42 collectors