1990 Clinet 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

It is easy to overlook the 1990 Clinet given the fact that 1989 merits a perfect rating. Nevertheless, the 1990 has improved with each tasting. It started life as an outstanding wine, although unfairly overshadowed by the massive 1989. The 1990 exhibits an opaque purple color, followed by a fabulous sweet nose of jammy black fruits, violets, minerals, and toasty oak. Full-bodied and rich, with fabulous purity, outstanding extract, and well-integrated acidity and tannin, this is a large-scaled, impressively-endowed claret that is narrowing the gap between itself and the legendary 1989.

Drink Dates: 2000-2020


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Beautifully crafted red. Brilliant ruby color. Aromas of fresh berries, blackberries and chocolate jump from the glass. Full-bodied and chewy, but velvety and caressing. Lots of ripe fruit.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2002+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 13
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

Rating: 96
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/17/2009
Drink Dates:
Superb, complex and fruity with a long and elegant finish. Wow!

Rating: 95
Author: Mizael
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 09/29/2014

Rating: 92
Author: clong
Tasted On: 06/15/2009

Average rating: 89, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

673 bottles owned by 164 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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