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Very velvet. Quite oaky and intense, but the drying, which can sometimes be like having your mouth towelled out at this property, is very gentle this year, and on the whole it is attractive and feels as though it should hold its balance. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2014)
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Sweet fruity nose, with cherry and plum fruit. Supple and rounded, this is forward but sleek, with good concentration and acidity, delivering a wine that's stylish and balanced, with ripe tannins on the long finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 91 Stephen Brook, Decanter.com(Oct 2016)
A terrific success and star in this vintage, this blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc came from a mere 25 acres of vineyard and averaged 33 hectoliters per hectare, with close to 13% natural alcohol. The entire harvest took place September 30-October 12. The wine is impressive in this vintage, its beautiful, dense, blue/black color is followed by a striking nose of creme de cassis, blackberry fruit, charcoal and a hint of camphor. The wine is rich and medium to full-bodied, displaying surprising texture, depth and breadth. This is a rich wine with good acidity and ripe tannin. It is a relatively big boy for the vintage and should drink well in 2-3 years and last up to 15 or more. It is so good, it is clearly a sleeper of the vintage, even though Clinet has been doing fabulous work for a number of years. 2016-2031 Rating: 91-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)
Dark ruby. Initially very leafy, almost medicinal nose became fruitier with air. Then pungently aromatic on the palate, with strong notes of underbrush and pine cone dominating the delicate small dark berry flavors. With its rather extreme tannins, this seems over-extracted to me and I wonder if it will ever come into balance. But it does have above-average density and texture for the vintage, so I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and see what develops over the next two years. Rating: 86-88 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)
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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