“... 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”
97-99 POINTS - NEAL MARTIN, VINOUS
Today sees the highly anticipated release of Pomerol’s Chateau Clinet 2019, arguably one of the finest ever produced in the modern era at the estate. Pomerol expert Neal Martin has nominated the Chateau Clinet as his "jewel in the crown" of the Pomerol appellation in 2019 allied with the price reduction, this is one not to miss.
The wine has an incredible purity to its fruit character, tremendous energy and intensity to the palate. Its a huge wine and certainly a highlight in Pomerol this year.
Chateau 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 Chateau L’Eglise Clinet, Chateau Feytit Clinet and Chateau Trotanoy, whilst there is an additional plot that neighbours Chateau Lafleur and Petrus.
In 1999 the estate was bought by Jean-Louis Laborde and in 2004 his son, Ronan Laborde, took over managing the estate. Under Ronan’s leadership the winery has taken a strong qualitative approach, with a long-term goal of improving the wine by replanting at a higher density in the vineyard and renovating the winery, completed in 2014. This hard work has paid off with a stunning string of vintages in the last few years. It looks like 2019 might be the finest of all and a must for all Pomerol fans.
The 2019 Clinet is a dark, sensual wine. Grilled herbs and crushed flowers give the 2019 a pretty, savory dimension to play off the natural potency of the year. A virile and imposing Pomerol, Clinet has plenty to offer, especially once the tannins soften. Two thousand nineteen is an outstanding vintage for Clinet.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (January 44000) Score: 93-95/100
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"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."
97-99 POINTS - NEAL MARTIN