Chateau Clinet Pomerol 1996

$199.00
$179.10

SKU 13380

750ml

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Planted to 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, Clinet boasts extremely old vines with an average age of close to 50 years. It is also superbly located no more than 1/2 mile away from Lafleur and Pétrus. All of the work in the vineyards is done by hand, and the winemaking conducted with the help of wine consultant extraordinaire Michel Rolland.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pomerol
Brand Chateau Clinet
Alcohol/vol 12.5%
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThis is a backward, muscular, highly-extracted wine with a boatload of tannin, thus the question mark. The saturated plum/purple color is followed by an aggressively oaky nose with scents of roasted coffee, blackberries, and prunes. It is somewhat of a freak for a 1996 Pomerol given its richness, intensity, and overripe style. Medium-bodied and powerful, but extremely closed, and in need of 5-7 years of cellaring, it will be interesting to follow this wine's evolution to determine if the tannin fully integrates itself into the wine's concentrated style. If not, it will have a slight rusticity to its tannin and structure. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020. I sense this wine will be much more controversial than I had anticipated.

Robert Parker, April 1999
  • ws85

Wine SpectatorBlack-colored, with masses of vanilla and coffee aromas. Medium-bodied, with some fruit (needs more center-palate) but very oaky and slightly dry on the finish. Drink now through 2000.

James Suckling, January 31, 1999