Clinet 2017


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.

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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Clinet was picked from 19 to 26 September for the Merlot and on 29 September for the Cabernets at 35hl/ha. It is matured in 72% new oak and the remainder one year old. The alcohol is 13.1° compared to say 14.4° for 2016. It has a perfumed bouquet with mainly red berry fruit, top notes of loam and a touch of violet. It is certainly well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well delineated, and saline in the mouth. It is quite open towards the finish, perhaps with less grip than other Pomerols that I have tasted, but it is undeniably elegant and well balanced with a hint of cured meat cropping up on the aftertaste. Classic Clinet! Drink 2022-2040.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin,, May 2018

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clinet opens slowly to reveal vibrant red and black fruits: red currants, black cherries, plums and cassis with touches of roses, yeast extract, wood smoke and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a taut, muscular palate of tightly wound fruits and compelling mineral accents, it finishes long with wonderful purity and fragrant earth accents.

Score: 92/94Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Some green-olive and herb character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Shows some solid and linear length on the finish.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, April 2018

The 2017 Clinet packs a serious punch. Dense, rich and explosive, the 2017 offers tons of pure power, but it also comes across as oaky and lacking the detail of the best years, at least at this stage. A rush of black cherry jam, inky fruit, grilled herbs, lavender, licorice and smoke builds into the pliant, enveloping finish. The 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend speaks with a loud voice. Tasted two times.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni,, May 2018

Black core. Lovely dense aroma of black fruit and graphite, really savoury/mineral, with graphite dominant at the moment. Much more juicy than I expected on the palate. Plenty of dark fruit but only just fresh enough.
Drink 2024-2032

Score: 16Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

The oak on the nose here is somewhat off-putting at the moment, with showy vanilla, bonfire and a hint of coconut. On the palate the fruit comes through more, albeit underneath a heavy roasted coffee and brioche note from the oak that still coats the palate. The blueberry and blackberry fruit is there, and lingers on the finish. The tannins, too, are refined and silky. This wine could well improve, but for now it is a little too marked by the oak, even for a barrel sample.

Score: 15+Farr Vintners, April 2018

The nose is firm with fresh black fruits the start of the palate quite light. Ripe plum gives more depth sweetness in the middle and although fresher at the back there is sweet fruit on the finish. 2025-35

Score: 87/89Derek Smedley MW,, April 2018

High colour extraction with grilled damson on the nose, but the intensity through the palate is a few notches below the brilliant levels they have been achieving at Clinet over the past few vintages. They suffered around 15% frost to their vines, although did not use any second generation fruit in the first wine. Appreciate their extremely careful extraction, and lovely soft black fruits.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2036

Score: 90Jane Anson,, April 2018

The nose signals a superbly pretty, fruit-driven wine with lovely freshness and drive. The oak is present but it sits within the fruit as opposed to on top and this is a wine which has already found harmony. The palate is rich and creamy and it is not heavy or strong but smooth and slippery. The tannins sit right at the back of the wine and they are crisp and talcy as opposed to being dry. Exotic and rather showy and bit of a crowd-pleaser in every respect, this is a thoroughly delicious wine.

Score: 18.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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