This small (8 hectare) property is situated at the edge of the plateau of Pomerol behind Clos L'Eglise. It shot to fame following a 100 point Parker rating in 1989 and then repeated this feat 20 years later. The wines here are serious, dense and powerful. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with all the Cabernet Franc now removed from the vineyard. Ronan believes this is a blend of 2009 and 2010 in style. Quite a deep colour with a rich and toasty nose. The palate is quite firm for the vintage, chewy and unyielding in its tannin, which surrounds and envelops the plum and cherry fruits. This comes through on the finish with sweet vanilla undertones. This will need some time to integrate the oak and tannin, which will hopefully soften before the fruit fades.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The 2016 Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that was picked from 22 September for the young vines, the older vines picked 1 and 2 October, finishing with the Cabernet Sauvignon the following day. It was cropped at 49 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 70% new oak and the remainder in second-fill barrels. It has 14.15% alcohol and a record-breaking 94 IPT. It has a very linear bouquet, quite strict and intense with a light iodine and marine scent merging with the black fruit. This is a more "aristocratic" nose for Clinet, sophisticated and one of the most nuanced I have encountered. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin that forms the foundation of a more masculine Clinet, complex and focused with a subtle spiciness coming through on the finish, which fans out with confidence and leaves a disarming, saline tang in the mouth. Yes, this is a magnificent Clinet, cool and mineral-soaked, both cerebral and lip-smackingly delicious. Drink 2024 - 2055.
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
The linear character to this is so impressive with beautiful blackberries and blueberries. Crushed stones and minerals. Medium to full body. Very pretty.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
A backward, brooding wine, the 2016 Clinet presents a distinctly dark expression of the appellation and vintage. Black fruit, smoke, licorice and heavy toast notes are front and center. Powerful, structured and dense in the glass, the 2016 is a Pomerol that makes its case with sheer intensity rather than finesse. There is not much subtlety here. If the 2016 comes together, and it may, it will merit an even more positive note.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
The nose is light and fresh the start of the palate has red cherry and bramble but there is mid richness then a slight lack of balance with the tannins and freshness firming up the finish. 2025-36
|Score: 84/87||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Generally at the fresher end of the spectrum in Pomerol, this doesn’t lack weight or texture, but has backbone, savoury tannins and bright acidity too. It’s a dense wine, with plenty of chocolatey oak, yet it’s balanced, poised and long on the palate. 2024-34
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
Blackish crimson. Headily sweet and gamey on the nose with dark, purple-fruit aromas and then this sample went dead on me on the palate. Sucked out the saliva. Very drying end. Awkward, stodgy finish. Not for me. Unripe phenolics.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
The colour on this is deep and inky and a blast of cassis and black cherry fruit greets you on the nose. It has undeniable oak impact, but also a lovely lift that carries right through the palate, and that incredible Clinet precision. A fantastic 2016, not as exuberant as 2015 but showing the quality of the vintage where even the big-shouldered wines have a stunning lift, and a feeling of an invisible gossamer curtain holding them in place. Not a hedonist's vintage like 2009 or 2015, but cerebral in the style of 2001 and 2010. Strong coffee and grilled caramel on the finish.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 97||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|