|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Amazing glass-coating colour depth, and good cassis coulis and oak nose. Palate rather oak-dominated and there is a drying quality to it on the finish. Slightly depends whether this is a sample from a new barrel, which will only be a percentage of the whole, or if this representative. Possibly a bit over-cooked Rating: 89+? L&S (Apr 2009)
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Rating: 94-97 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2009)
Ah – now I like this nose – not as oaked or showing as much sur-maturité as previous vintages. Good definition, quite floral, blueberry, a touch of violets, quite feminine. The palate has fine tannins, very good balanced and poise, very pure and focused. Vibrant dark cherries, blueberries and briary – elegant finish. This is the best Clinet for some years and yet a second bottle displayed some prune/sur-maturité aromas that I have found detracting in the past. Rating: 92 - 94 ? Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2009)
Bright, cedary black fruit on the nose, peppery. Lively and inviting. Dense and rich on the mid palate with firm but sweet tannins and a fine bright zesty finish. 2012-18 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2009)
Dark in color and concentrated on the nose, with crushed blackberry and tar. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a long finish. Beautifully crafted Rating: 89-92 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2009)
This is up there with the 2006 and 2005 in terms of quality. Deep, rich, dark and dense with a suavity of texture and firm but fine tannins behind. Opulent but structured with a long, fresh finish. Drink 2016-2030. Rating: 17.5**** www.decanter.com (Apr 2009)
Château Clinet lies at the heart of Pomerol on a bed of Günz gravel. Now owned by Jean-Louis Laborde who, in 2003, appointed his 23 year old son as Estate Managing Director. Improvements implemented by the previous owners, the Audy family, have been strengthened by the Labordes and they continue to employ the services of Michel Rolland. Only 9ha of vineyard, planted with 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, with vines at 40 years old. Grapes are hand-harvested, and the wines aged in 60% new wood barriques, with the balanced being just one year old.
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