2010 Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066824 97 points James Suckling

 Gorgeous nose with lots of dark fruit like plum and blueberries. Crushed pepper and chalk with wild strawberries and vanilla. Dense and velvety on the palate with superbly polished tannins and great depth. It's absolutely gorgeous now but needs at least five to six years of bottle age to really shows its great quality.  (2/ 2013)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The blend is largely dominated by 85% Merlot, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc also included. Inky/purple-colored, the wine has an exceptionally full-bodied, layered, moderately tannic mouthfeel and impressive power. Loads of melted chocolate/fudge and black fruits galore along with some coffee bean, mocha, as well as some background oak are all present in this big, formidably endowed, masculine style of Pomerol that will take longer to shed its tannin than the 2009. I would give this wine 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years. The 2010 is another fabulous effort from this estate of just over 20 acres located in the sector named the same as the chateau, Clinet. (96+)  (2/ 2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

 This showy, packed and well-endowed Pomerol pumps out notes of warm linzer torte, plum preserves and blackberry reduction, all supported by a broad, charcoal- and ganache-coated structure and deeply embedded acidity. Very muscular on the back end, this boasts a still-chewy feel. Among the most backward of the 2010 Pomerols, this requires significant cellaring. For those who enjoy more power than subtlety. Best from 2017 through 2035.  (3/ 2013)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 New wood mint aromas give this wine its great polished feel. The tannins offer a counterpoint of richness here, firm and dense. The fruit takes a while to show through, then brings the fine plum skin flavors suffusing through the wine.  (6/ 2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep ruby-red. Brooding, superripe aromas of blackberry, plum and coffee. Seriously concentrated and dense, but with juicy acidity giving energy and definition to the thick flavors of dark plum, flowers and potpourri spices. This very suave, plush wine finishes with substantial but noble tannins that dust the front teeth. This big boy has the stuffing and structure for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle.  (8/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Toasty, dense black fruit, plump and velvety. Complete - spherical - seamless.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/12/2013  | Send Email
In bottle at UGC. One of the standouts from the right bank. Dense ripe plum, graphite, vanilla with a slight creosote in the background. Rich texture hiding big tannins. I can still taste this wine.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
One of the best wines I tasted at the UGC, if not the best. This stuff is heaven in a glass. Notes of dark blueberry preserves, hints of graphite and black currant. Tons of energy, with a layered palate that just oozes fruit, layer after layer. This wine is delicious!

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Exotic and super tasty. **

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
This property is back to fine form. The wine is super rich with great texture on the palate. Tons of fruit in the middle covers the tannins. At UGC: One of my favorite wines from the UGC tasting.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Pomerol