Clinet has been on a hot streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greatest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean-Michel Arcaute's monumental 1989. A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of blueberry pie, incense, truffles, black raspberries, licorice and wood smoke. Viscous and multi-dimensional with silky, sweet tannin, massive fruit concentration and full-bodied power, there are nearly 4,000 cases of this thick, juicy, perfect Clinet. (RP)
Clinet had a relatively high yield of 47hl/ha in 2009, and yet this is concentrated and rich with beautiful density and flesh to the fruit. It’s taut and confident yet full of pleasure. You feel the intensity ratchet up across the palate, with dark chocolate, slate and liquorice notes settling in alongside the cassis and blackberry. Owner Ronan Laborde, who arrived in Pomerol as a 23-year-old back in 2003, has just become the new president of the Union de Grands Crus de Bordeaux and is certainly doing his bit for the promotion of the region with this wine. Drinking window 2019 - 2040 (JA)
Aromas of dark fruits, hazelnut and dark chocolate, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins that are polished and refined. Beautiful depth of fruit to this.
The 2009 Clinet has an impressive and complex bouquet with liquorice and truffle infused black fruit, hints of desiccated orange peel and even a dab of honey. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent, and fine tannins (although not as fine as the 2009 La Conseillante) with a dense, precocious and heady finish. There is hedonism here, but it is on a tight leash. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)
Very lush and exotic, boasting plum sauce, crushed fig, warm raspberry confiture and steeped black currant fruit all dripping over a racy but buried graphite spine. The long, dark finish has plenty of stuffing for the long haul. Really beautifully rendered. (JM)
Deep medium ruby. Blackberry, blueberry and licorice on the nose, lifted by a violet topnote. At once hefty and penetrating, with lovely depth and breadth to the black fruit flavors. A bit youthfully medicinal today and not yet particularly complex but shows the sweetness of the vintage in spades. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and excellent length. (ST)
So exotic and concentrated and over the top! Long and rich and absolutely gorgeous. Very sweet indeed but with a dry finish. 19/20 points. (JR)
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