Chateau Clinet 2016 Pomerol, Bordeaux
“The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced. 97 Points”--Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com
Chateau Clinet is one of the oldest in Pomerol, located on the right Bank of the Gironde in the Bordeaux wine region of France. It's history goes back centuries, with vineyards dating back to 1785. The Arnaud family purchased it from the Constant family, back when they also owned Chateau Petrus. The Audy family, who were negociants in Bordeaux, purchased it in 1900 and managed it until 1991. The estate went through major upgrades to sophistocated vineyard management practices and winery operations. In 1991, the property was sold to Gan insurance company, then in 1998, bought by Jean-Louis Laborde who has made further operational refinements.
Clinet is one of the few Pomerol properties that plants a larger portion - for Pomerol, anyway - of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 11-hectare property is now planted to 88% Merlot, 11.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and .5% Cabernet Franc. Most vines average 45 years of age. Vineyards are located on the highest point of the Pomerol plateau with soils of gravel - which Cabernet Sauvignon loves - iron rich sands, and clay. Vinification takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with malolactic conversion performed in a combination of French oak barrels and vats. A further 18-22 months of aging occurs in 60% new French oak, with 5% aged in a combination of German and Austrian oak.