Château Clinet occupies some of the oldest vineyards in Pomerol with earliest records going back to 1595. The site remains one of the highest vineyards in the appellation with the highest elevation at 35 metres. The vineyards neighbour Château L’Eglise Clinet, Château Feytit Clinet and Château Trotanoy, whilst there is an additional plot that neighbours Chateau Lafleur and Pétrus.
The blend is largely dominated by 85% Merlot, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc also included. Inky/purple-colored, the wine has an exceptionally full-bodied, layered, moderately tannic mouthfeel and impressive power. Loads of melted chocolate/fudge and black fruits galore along with some coffee bean, mocha, as well as some background oak are all present in this big, formidably endowed, masculine style of Pomerol that will take longer to shed its tannin than the 2009. I would give this wine 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years.
The 2010 is another fabulous effort from this estate of just over 20 acres located in the sector named the same as the chateau, Clinet. Modest yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare produced a final blend that hit 14.4% natural alcohol. – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2013
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