2018 Clinet (Pomerol)

85% Merlot/15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2018 was a year in which it was warm enough for Cabernet Sauvignon to make it to maturity even in the clayey soils of the right bank, and it comes across here, with the relatively small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon showing clearly through in the intense, succulent cassis character. Dark fruit and a touch of polished new wood meet slightly smokier notes, although this is of course still very primary. (NT 15/04/19)
Pomerol, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
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97 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
16 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019 94-96+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
91-94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
94-96 points, Chris Kissac

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

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. Drink 2027 - 2044. 97 points

Julia Harding

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon; 75% new oak.Black core, purple rim. Intense cassis, a touch minty, but also a slightly intrusive aroma that I think must come from the oak. For now at least, the tannins and the oak are pretty overwhelming thought I can detect lovely fruit underneath. Really chewy. 16 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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. 94-96+ points

Antonio Galloni

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 p roprietor Ronan Laborde. Tasted three times. 91-94 points

Chris Kissack

Here we have a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, with a yield of 38 hl/ha in this vintage. The alcohol is 14.5%. This barrel sample presents a dark and perfumed nose, with some leafy blackcurrant fruits. The palate is fresh, relaxed, open and broad, with a confident style, firmly medium-bodied, cut through by a seam of polished, ripe, tightly grained but very precise tannins. It has a firm, bold, broad and convincing character, with perfumed wild cherries and spiced plums warmly wrapped in a blanket of vanillin oak at the moment. Lots of substance here, with a delicious tannin backbone at its heart, and a fresh grip in the finish. Fine potential. The élevage will be in 75% new oak and 25% second-fill oak. Tasted twice. 94-96 points

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