1995 Clinet 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2006-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 115

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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.

Drink Dates: 2002+
Author: James Suckling


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: ebgreenb
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/06/2013
Funky undertone that persists even after several hours of decanting. Don't really think it will get any better.

Rating: 95
Author: Dan McD
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 07/03/2011

Rating: 92
Author: Miguel L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/20/2010
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.

Rating: 93
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/05/2008
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Exceptionally good. WIll get better with age. Very powerful Pomeral with an interesting distinctive taste

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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.

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