Château Clinet

About Château Clinet

One of the most celebrated estates in Pomerol, Château Clinet is also known to be one of the oldest, with vines reportedly planted as early as 1785. The estate remained in the hands of the Constant family before being taken over by the Arnaud family, who also happens to own the legendary Pétrus! Despite the association with Pétrus, it wasn’t exactly a bed of roses on the get-go for Château Clinet, whose wines were initially lacklustre right until the 1970s when Jean-Michel Arcaute came on board.

 

Viniculture

With support from oenologist Michel Rolland, Jean-Michel decisively replaced most of the Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and raised the bar in production standards by re-introducing hand-harvesting, manual selection of berries and longer cuvaison. The fruits of his labour came in the form of a perfect score for the 1989 vintage, which catapulted Château Clinet into its meteoric ascent till today.

 

Château Clinet’s vineyards are the highest in Pomerol. It is also one of the oldest estates in Pomerol, with records showing vines planted in 1785. In C18th Clinet and Pétrus were under the same ownership. Jean-Louis Laborde bought the estate in 1998. His son Ronan, could have been a marathon runner, instead, he took over management in 2004 and made his life’s work the return of Clinet to its previous position as one of the very top wines of Pomerol.

 

The Clinet vineyard is tiny, with just 10ha of Merlot (88%) and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Clinet is situated on great terroir on the Pomerol Plateau. Their closest neighbours are L’Eglise Clinet, Clos L’Eglise, Feytit-Clinet and Trotanoy. They also have vines sitting on more gravel close to Lafleur and Pétrus. The wines of Clinet are rich, supple, sensuous, powerful and in the best vintages, often showing floral, chocolate and spicy flavours. The wine ages well, developing sensuous textures and aromatic complexities.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Clinet 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €592.50
2011

Clinet 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

Clinet has produced a blockbuster wine, even in the lighter, less consistent vintage of 2011. It reveals a dense purple color as well as an abundance of black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, incense and a touch of camphor. Full-bodied, opulent and fleshy with a substantial finish, this showy, dramatic 2011 should drink well for 15-20 years. Brilliant!
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Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €592.50
Clinet 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €533.38
2012

Clinet 2012 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96)

A wine I've had multiple times, the 2012 Clinet is a rich, beautifully pure effort that has terrific notes of black currants, plums, charred earth, licorice and smoke. Luxuriously textured, full-bodied, impeccably balanced and incredibly sexy on the palate, this is a fabulous Pomerol that I'd happily drink anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €533.38
Clinet 2016 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,405.40
2016

Clinet 2016 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced.
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Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,405.40
Clinet 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €726.90
2016

Clinet 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €726.90
Clinet 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €646.50
2018

Clinet 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

Including slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, the 2018 Château Clinet is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 75% new French oak. One of the superstars of the vintage, it has incredible elegance and finesse as well as gorgeous richness and depth. Notes of cassis and truffly dark fruits as well as tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, with a seamless, multi-dimensional texture, gorgeous tannins, and a great, great finish. It already offers incredible pleasure, but it won't hit maturity for another 5-7 years and should evolve for 30 years or more. This magical wine is in the same league as the 2015 and 2016, and drinking these beauties over the coming decades will be an incredible treat.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €646.50
Clinet 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,409.70
2019

Clinet 2019 (6x75cl)

Vinous (97-99)

The 2019 Clinet is just so fragrant on the nose: black and red fruit vying for attention, iris and incense, touches of truffle in the background. The purity that Ronan Laborde and his team have achieved should be applauded. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, perfect acidity, brilliant focus and a killer sense of tension on the finish. This is a stunning Clinet, the best that I have encountered in barrel over 20 years of tasting. That creamy texture takes your breath away. Up there with the very best - a Clinet that rivets you to the spot.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-99 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,409.70
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Clinet 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €479.00
2011

Clinet 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

Clinet has produced a blockbuster wine, even in the lighter, less consistent vintage of 2011. It reveals a dense purple color as well as an abundance of black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, incense and a touch of camphor. Full-bodied, opulent and fleshy with a substantial finish, this showy, dramatic 2011 should drink well for 15-20 years. Brilliant!
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €479.00
Clinet 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €429.00
2012

Clinet 2012 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96)

A wine I've had multiple times, the 2012 Clinet is a rich, beautifully pure effort that has terrific notes of black currants, plums, charred earth, licorice and smoke. Luxuriously textured, full-bodied, impeccably balanced and incredibly sexy on the palate, this is a fabulous Pomerol that I'd happily drink anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €429.00
Clinet 2016 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €1,975.00
2016

Clinet 2016 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,975.00
Clinet 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €591.00
2016

Clinet 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €591.00
Clinet 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €524.00
2018

Clinet 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

Including slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, the 2018 Château Clinet is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 75% new French oak. One of the superstars of the vintage, it has incredible elegance and finesse as well as gorgeous richness and depth. Notes of cassis and truffly dark fruits as well as tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, with a seamless, multi-dimensional texture, gorgeous tannins, and a great, great finish. It already offers incredible pleasure, but it won't hit maturity for another 5-7 years and should evolve for 30 years or more. This magical wine is in the same league as the 2015 and 2016, and drinking these beauties over the coming decades will be an incredible treat.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €524.00
Clinet 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,160.00
2019

Clinet 2019 (6x75cl)

Vinous (97-99)

The 2019 Clinet is just so fragrant on the nose: black and red fruit vying for attention, iris and incense, touches of truffle in the background. The purity that Ronan Laborde and his team have achieved should be applauded. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, perfect acidity, brilliant focus and a killer sense of tension on the finish. This is a stunning Clinet, the best that I have encountered in barrel over 20 years of tasting. That creamy texture takes your breath away. Up there with the very best - a Clinet that rivets you to the spot.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-99 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,160.00

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