Clinet 2008


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Tasting Notes

Another resounding success for the vintage, the opaque purple-colored 2008 Clinet (14.4% alcohol) is composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare, while higher than in 2010, were still modest. Another powerful, big, large-scaled effort, the 2008 exhibits an inky/purple color as well as sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, plum, Asian spice, licorice and incense notes. Layered and full-bodied with stunning purity and a 40+ second finish, this beauty needs 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25-30 years. (94+ Points)

Score: 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2011-2041 03 May 2011

This is the greatest Clinet since the incredible duo made by the late Jean-Michel Arcaute in 1989 and 1990. The dense purple-colored 2008 offers up beautiful floral, blackberry, and pen ink-like notes, exceptional intensity, that multilayered texture that seems to be commonplace in the top 2008 Pomerols, silky but elevated tannins, good freshness, precision, and nuance, a substantial size, and an extremely long finish with not a hard edge to be found. It should evolve for 30+ years.

Score: 94 - 97

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 05 May 2009

Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s Clinet vertical. This has a very pure vanillary nose with blueberry, cassis and a hint of sage. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins, good acidity, very pure and harmonious. Feminine and lithe with a sense of mineralite coming through towards the tense cedar-tinged finish. Very focused, very fine breeding. Tasted February 2011.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 01 May 2011

Ripe, rich and almost flashy, with gorgeous spice, mocha and warm raspberry ganache notes up front, followed by darker fig, currant, graphite and black tea on the long, racy finish. Accessible now, this will be a real winner when it knits together fully. Best from 2013 through 2019. 2,915 cases made.

Score: 93

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2013-2019 30 April 2011

Dark glowing crimson. Some freshness and some Cabernet on the nose. Firm and quite chewy and structured. Not that much fleshy fruit in the middle. Still quite chewy.

Score: 16

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2012-2022 15 March 2011

Full ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, balsamic vinegar and minerals. Offers a rich mouthfeel, with pure, fresh balsamic plum and black cherry flavors nicely framed by strong acidity. Finishes with impressive persistence, although some biting tannins currently detract from the wine's overall charm.

Score: 88 - 90

Ian D'Agata, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2009