2018 Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407931 96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2018 Château Clinet is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon (which is more Cabernet than usual) that was brought up in slightly more new oak than normal, aging in 75% new and 25% once used French oak. Sporting a saturated purple color, it has a massive perfume of black and blue fruits, crushed violets, spice, and orange blossom. Full-bodied, deep, expansive, and layered on the palate, it's an incredibly hedonistic and sexy wine that shows the best of this great vintage. It’s going to be hard to resist on release and knock your socks off over the following two decades or more.  (5/2019)

97 points Decanter

 One of the star Pomerol names showing us how it’s done in 2018. This wine absolutely stands out, being beautifully vibrant and very polished, where you feel the individual strands of flavour and know it’s clearly going to age. Here you get licks of salted rosemary sprigs right on the nose followed by a silkiness and round mouthfeel that speaks to the alcohol but you certainly don't feel it. It’s well judged, very Pomerol, and on the dark side of the fruit scale, perhaps because this is Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, not Cabernet Franc. I found Clinet a little difficult to approach in 2017, giving it a highly recommended but at the low end of the scale, but here it is roaring back to form. (JA)  (4/2019)

95-96 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/2019)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (LPB) 94-96+  (4/2019)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 A perfumed wine with fine tannins, this is packed with a blackberry flavor and finishes with intense acidity. All the elements are in place for a wine that will reveal great elegance as it develops. (RV)  (4/2019)

91-94 points Vinous

 The 2018 Clinet is a powerful, explosive wine. Clinet is unusual for Pomerol in that the wine includes a good bit of Cabernet Sauvignon (15% in 2018). Gravel, smoke, licorice, grilled herbs, leather and menthol wrap around a core of plush, dark fruit. The Cabernet is very much felt in the wine's flavor profile and textural weight. Dense, rich and inviting, Clinet is a winner from proprietor Ronan Laborde. Tasted three times. (AG)  (4/2019)


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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2019 | Send Email
As usual, Clinet features racy, exotic black fruit with freshness and grip. Very tasty! No question one of the few great buys from the commune of Pomerol. 1.5 Stars Ralph Sands

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2019 | Send Email
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One of the tour de forces for 2018-they have been making great wines of late. Black color. Deep and dense wine with blackberries on nose and palate. Putit away for a long time.
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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2019 | Send Email
One of the top wines tasted at the Union des Grands Crus at Chateau Beauregard in Pomerol during En Primeur week. Clinet has expressive red fruits, cranberries and dark cherries, plenty of smoke and graphite, with a pleasant lingering acid driven finish. There is plenty of structure from the concentrated fruit, robust tannins and bright acidity, so this will age well for at least a couple of decades.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2019 | Send Email
Perhaps my favorite Clinet since the 2010, and there are tons of highlights within that range. In contrast to the more structured 2015 and 2016, this year's flagship bottling is generous, polished, and incredibly delicious already. Waves of pure red fruits and fine grain tannin carry a long, long finish. It is certainly a bit on the modern side of things but never overdone - it manages balance deftly and with tons of character.

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pomerol

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5