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2017 Château Clinet

ITEM 8096842 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
5 $95
Item Sold Amount Date
I8107605 3 $90 Feb 6, 2022
I8102813 2 $90 Jan 30, 2022
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RATINGS

95Wine Enthusiast

This wine is stacked with tannins and concentrated fruits, with a dense texture.

93James Suckling

...fresh and fruity Clinet with tangy acidity highlighting the plum and cherry character. Reserved style. Medium body, creamy tannins and a delicious finish.

93Jeb Dunnuck

...classic Clinet dark, chocolatey fruit and tobacco notes. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied Pomerol that has firm tannins, solid mid-palate density, and outstanding length.

92-94The Wine Advocate

...red currants, black cherries, plums and cassis with touches of roses, yeast extract, wood smoke and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins...finishes long with wonderful purity and fragrant earth accents.

16Jancis Robinson

At last a wine that really smells of my stereotype of Pomerol: ripe, dark and a little bit meaty...lots of flavour and character, if not a lot of depth.

PRODUCER

Château Clinet

Château Clinet is a 22-acre estate in the Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux. It is an unclassified wine because there is no classification in Pomerol, the smallest and one of the most prestigious of the region’s wine districts. Clinet is owned by Jean-Louis Laborde and produces 28,000 bottles annually. The vineyards are planted to 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Fleur de Clinet is the estate’s second wine. Robert M. Parker Jr. has noted that the estate has “a magnificent terroir at the summit of the plateau of Pomerol” and that Clinet “continues to produce one of the finest Pomerols.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s red wine producing regions, with only about 2,000 acres of vineyards. Located on the east side of the Dordogne River, it is one of the so-called “right bank” appellations and therefore planted primarily to Merlot. Pomerol is unique in Bordeaux in that it is the only district never to have been rated in a classification system. Some historians think Pomerol’s location on the right bank made it unattractive to Bordeaux-based wine traders, who had plenty of wine from Medoc and Graves to export to England and northern Europe. Since ranking estates was essentially a marketing ploy to help brokers sell wine, ranking an area where they did little business held no interest for them. Pomerol didn’t get much attention from the international wine community until the 1960s, when Jean-Pierre Moueix, an entrepreneurial wine merchant, started buying some of Pomerol’s best estates and exporting the wines. Today the influential Moueix family owns Pomerol’s most famous estate, Château Pétrus, along with numerous other Pomerol estates. Pomerol wines, primarily Merlot blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are considered softer and less tannic than left bank Bordeaux.