(2012 Vintage) Spring’s extreme weather conditions caused concern that with such excessive heat this would be a tricky vintage to manage. In this particular climatic context, Château CLINET adapted its cultural strategy to make sure of an even ripening of the grapes. Summer was without excessively hot weather which helped the maturity to proceed homogeneously. The harvest was the earliest ever recorded at the property. It began on September 7, and finished with the legendary 75 year-old vines on the Pomerol plateau.
TASTING NOTE: One of the finest Pomerols of the vintage, Clinet's 2007 reveals an impressive display of chocolate-infused black cherry and blackberry fruit intertwined with hints of truffles and incense. It is a dense, medium to full-bodied, well-built effort with sweet tannin as well as surprising richness and length. This beauty, a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years. It was made from yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the natural alcohol is a remarkable 14%. Score - 91. (Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com, April 2010) Score: 4.6/5
very nice with beef tenderloin
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/21/2014
Wine Advocate(1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2006 Vintage) 85% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Cabernet Franc. As is the case with most of the wines in our brief sampling of 2006 Pomerols, Clinet leads with lightly herbal, red cherry aromas that smack faintly of dried brush and celery seed. It is not an especially big or gutsy wine, but it is nicely polished and its tannins are well-fit to its soft-spoken fruit. A bit of polish is already evident, and it needs fairly brief aging.
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/03
Wine Spectator(1994 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/97.