For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Ch. Clinet a top property in Pomerol.
Ch. Clinet (Pomerol)
Until 2014 Michel Rolland had provided consultancy input at this property for many years, first to the late Jean-Michel Arcaute, then to Jean-Louis Laborde and finally to his son, Ronan. The style has remained consistent throughout the period. Ripe to very ripe, full, rich and almost opulent with a supple silky texture, the wine had always been bottled with neither fining nor filtration and was aged in 100% new oak until 2004 when policy was changed to ageing in only 60% new oak which has resulted in the wines being more approachable earlier.
The barrel cellar at Clinet
Ronan is now the driving force of the estate and apart from purchasing new vineyards to add to the size of the estate, now approaching 12 hectares, the old wooden vats used for vinification have now been replaced (since the 2014 vintage) with state-of-the-art, temperature controlled stainless steel vats to allow for greater control of the development of the wines. Since 2009, the wines have been continuously improving in quality and now rank amongst the best in Pomerol. Prices are very reasonable for the quality, but they do vary depending on the vintage. (NB)
Château Clinet Pomerol ★★★★★ £G
Ownership and Contact
3 Rue Fénelon, 33000 Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 12 12 Fax: 05 56 79 01 11
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