2012 Clinet, Pomerol

SKU #1189416 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 With a dense purple color and gorgeous levels of fruit, especially black raspberry and blackcurrant, this full-bodied, opulent style of wine is another great success for Clinet, a château that has been on top of its game for the last decade. This is stunning stuff, and whatever new oak has been used -- and there is plenty -- it is totally disguised by the luxurious and extravagant fruit level. This full-bodied, opulent Pomerol should drink well for 15 or more years. (RP)  (4/2015)

95 points Vinous

 A wine of total precision, the 2012 Clinet possesses striking aromatic nuance and delineation. Crushed flowers, sweet raspberries, herbs and mint flesh out effortlessly, with silky, polished tannins that add to the wine's feel of graciousness. The spherical, beautifully textured finish suggests the 2012 will offer a wide drinking window of pure pleasure over the next 15-20 years. This is impressive. The 2012 is 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. (AG)  (1/2016)

93 points James Suckling

 Fabulous nose of orange peel, blueberries and blackberries. Full body, firm tannins and a cocoa, cedar and berry finish. Little austere now but so fine. Truly outstanding for the vintage. Better after 2016.  (2/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 The gorgeous plum cake, melted licorice and steeped currant and blackberry fruit is inlaid with notes of fruitcake and singed vanilla bean. Long and plush through the finish, with a buried charcoal spine that adds needed cut. Best from 2017 through 2027. (JM)  (3/2015)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
This wine has a perfect balance between opulence and finesse that is hard to describe. The tannins are quite present even though enveloped by lush flavors of chocolate, plums and vanilla, which suggests that a longer term in the cellar may benefit the wine.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/13/2016 | Send Email
The 2009 Clinet sold for $350 on the shelf. The 2012 expression is going for $79.99. If pressed, I'd take the subtle nuance and the graceful beauty of the 2012 over the big fruit and power of the 2009. While 2009 is my favorite Bordeaux vintage of the last ten years, I can't afford many of the high prices. What 2012 offers is a chance to get in on the ground floor for once---AND DON'T THINK YOU'RE SETTLING FOR LESS BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT. This wine is the real deal, loaded with red fruits, a bit of tobacco leaf from the Merlot, and an wonderfully integrated finish with delicate tannic structure. This is a chance to actually add Clinet to your cellar rather than dream about drinking it from behind the glass window.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2016 | Send Email
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If you’re a fan of Pomerol then you owe it to yourself to check out the 2012 Chateau Clinet Pomerol. Always a consistent performer this year they have lapped the field with a broad-shouldered wine loaded with a sexy nose of cherry-kirsch, dark fruit and baker’s chocolate. The palate is a densely wound core of purple fruits, blackberry and blackcurrants with hints of molten earth and spice. Loaded with fine tannins and nice oak accents this wine is flat-out delicious!!
Drink from 2016 to 2035

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- 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.


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