1990 Clinet, Pomerol

SKU #950544 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A sensational effort, and one of the two finest Clinets made before the 2008, this prodigious wine made by the late Jean-Michel Arcaute has always been a sprinter out of the gate. Even at age 19, it continues to strut its stuff. A dense blue/garnet/purple hue exhibits slight lightening at the edge, and the gorgeous nose offers up aromas of sweet blueberries, licorice, smoke, acacia flowers, and camphor. Full-bodied with silky tannins, low acidity, and terrific purity, this 1990 has hit its plateau of full maturity where it should remain for another decade. (RP)  (6/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very good deep medium color. Compelling nose combines caramel, clove, smoke, black raspberry and a floral nuance. Very concentrated and rich, but sound acids and strong extract give this wine lovely shape and firmness in the mouth. Impressively long finish. While the '90 Clinet can't match the '89 for density, its balance and freshness will make for a delicious drink. (ST)  (11/1993)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully crafted red. Brilliant ruby color. Aromas of fresh berries, blackberries and chocolate jump from the glass. Full-bodied and chewy, but velvety and caressing. Lots of ripe fruit. (JS)  (8/2000)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at Roberson’s Pomerol tasting. The exquisite Clinet ’90 has a lovely rounded, gourmand bouquet, quite meaty and savoury, a touch of garrigues going on here, a little oxtail and Bovril, vibrant and completely seductive. A quintessential Pomerol ’90 bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely rounded, quite voluptuous texture, tight at first but unwinding nicely. Very focused, very well defined with just a touch of spice and cloves on the finish. Drink now-2020. Tasted November 2010." (Wine Journal, 1/2011)

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol