Clinet 2018


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Tasting Notes

Closed and coiled right now, with ripped layers of fruit. A ton of graphite, bitter dark chocolate and finessed berry fruits. Definitely need to give this time and respect its muscular from. A seriously impressive Clinet that has held its form over ageing.

Score: 97

Jane Anson, Maturity: 2026-2045 01 November 2020

One of the star Pomerol names showing us how it’s done in 2018. This wine absolutely stands out, being beautifully vibrant and very polished, where you feel the individual strands of flavour and know it’s clearly going to age. Here you get licks of salted rosemary sprigs right on the nose followed by a silkiness and round mouthfeel that speaks to the alcohol but you certainly don't feel it. It’s well judged, very Pomerol, and on the dark side of the fruit scale, perhaps because this is Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, not Cabernet Franc. I found Clinet a little difficult to approach in 2017, giving it a highly recommended but at the low end of the scale, but here it is roaring back to form.

Score: 97

Jane Anson, Maturity: 2027-2044 15 April 2019

The 2018 Clinet was picked from 19 September until 5 October at 45hL/ha before selection and 38hL/ha projected for the Grand Vin. It has a sumptuous and very pure bouquet with perfumed black cherry, iodine and crushed violet aromas, although it remains controlled and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, quite a muscular Clinet in the making with good backbone, layers of black fruit laced with clove, white pepper and truffle. This is nicely detailed on the finish. The 2018 should grow up into a very fine Clinet.

Score: 93 - 95

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2023-2045 01 November 2019

The 2018 Château Clinet is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon (which is more Cabernet than usual) that was brought up in slightly more new oak than normal, aging in 75% new and 25% once used French oak. Sporting a saturated purple color, it has a massive perfume of black and blue fruits, crushed violets, spice, and orange blossom. Full-bodied, deep, expansive, and layered on the palate, it's an incredibly hedonistic and sexy wine that shows the best of this great vintage. It’s going to be hard to resist on release and knock your socks off over the following two decades or more.

Score: 96 - 99

Jeb Dunnuck, 24 April 2019

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Clinet begins a little coy and then, with coaxing, opens out to vibrant black cherries, kirsch, baked plums and cinnamon stick scents with hints of cloves and anise plus earthy truffles and fungi wafts. Full-bodied and chock-full of bright, energetic fruit, it has a firm, finely grained structure and long, fragrant finish. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aging is anticipated to last for 16 months in French oak barriques, 75% new.

Score: 94 - 96

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, 23 April 2019

This is a young red that really grows on the palate with so much dark fruit and firm yet luscious tannins. Full-bodied, it grows and grows on the palate. Extremely long and vivid. Solid as a rock. 15 per cent cabernet sauvignon, the rest merlot.

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, 11 April 2019

The 2018 Clinet is a powerful, explosive wine. Clinet is unusual for Pomerol in that the wine includes a good bit of Cabernet Sauvignon (15% in 2018). Gravel, smoke, licorice, grilled herbs, leather and menthol wrap around a core of plush, dark fruit. The Cabernet is very much felt in the wine's flavor profile and textural weight. Dense, rich and inviting, Clinet is a winner from proprietor Ronan Laborde. Tasted three times.

Score: 91 - 94

Antonio Galloni, 01 April 2019