Jeb Dunnuck: "It's a brilliant Pomerol"
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clinet opens slowly to reveal vibrant red and black fruits: red currants, black cherries, plums and cassis with touches of roses, yeast extract, wood smoke and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a taut, muscular palate of tightly wound fruits and compelling mineral accents, it finishes long with wonderful purity and fragrant earth accents. Ronan Laborde, head of Château Clinet, mentioned, "We lost in total around 15% of the crop at Clinet in 2017. We received a little damage on the last night of the frosts—going down the plateau toward Feytit-Clinet." The final lithe, energetic blend came in at just 13.1% alcohol. “We don’t use any concentration methods here,” Laborde said. They are also using more 500-liter barrels for the élevage, wanting “the impact of oak to be as soft as possible.” I have to say, I’ve been incredibly impressed with the subtle evolution of Clinet in recent years, revealing an incredibly elegant and sensuous side to the site with incredible purity and depth.
Colaris WijnenScore: 9-
The 2017 Clinet was bottled at the end of June 2019. It has a more understated bouquet than the 2015 or 2016. Tightly wound, brambly black fruit with traces of pressed violet and iodine, gradually open with orange rind notes. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins. This is classic in style, firm grip and a little rigid in its youth, although it will flesh out with bottle age. I admire both the freshness and salinity in this Clinet, especially its linearity on the finish. Excellent.
Reminding me of the 2014, the 2017 Château Clinet is a beautiful, dense, concentrated wine that has terrific notes of blueberries, spring flowers, and chocolaty oak. It’s very much in the style of the vintage with its cool, perfumed aromatics and sensational purity of fruit, yet it also has richness and weight. It’s a brilliant Pomerol.
This is brimming with raspberry and boysenberry compote flavors, while mouthwatering anise and pain d’épices notes fill in the background. Reveals a flash of ganache, a streak of tar and an echo of bramble through the finish, adding range while the gorgeous fruit holds center stage.