Château Clinet 2018



Delivery 2021

Appellation - Pomerol

Owner - Ronan Laborde

9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 90% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc

Second wine – Fleur de Clinet

Annual production – 50,000 bottles

Tasting notes
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.
Score: 94/96+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019


This is a young red that really grows on the palate with so much dark fruit and firm yet luscious tannins. Full-bodied, it grows and grows on the palate. Extremely long and vivid. Solid as a rock. 15 per cent cabernet sauvignon, the rest merlot.

Score: 95/96 James Suckling,, April 2019


(85 Merlot, 15 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 75% new oak, using around a quarter of 500l barrels | 14.5% alc | 38 hl/ha | 49000 bottles production | Merlot was harvested on the 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and the 2nd October and the Cabernet Franc was harvested on the 5th October Dry and sour with a lot of skin and blunt tannin, this is a very backward Clinet and it is hard to see any fruit or tenderness here. The slightly sour notes are mouth-watering but they are also masked by the oak and this means that the fruit really struggles to make itself known. I am not sure whether this is a miss-step or simply that the wine is very closed right now, but there is a lot of tension and little flesh on display and so I am slightly confused as to when the fruit will emerge. I will be sure to taste this wine again as soon as possible to check its progress.

Score: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes,, April 2019

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