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Another of the great wines of 2009 given a perfect 100 out of 100 by wine critic Robert Parker; Made predominantly from Merlot, this Pomerol shows classic deep inky-blue/black colour of incredible depth; Its rich, exotic perfume of blue and black fruits, Chinese five-spice and smoky oak follows through onto the palate and the wine finishes with an explosion of flavour - This hedonistic wine will improve in cellar for at least twenty years.
James Griswood - Wine Buyer
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson
100 Points Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate 20/02/2012
Clinet has been on a hot streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greatest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean-Michel Arcaute’s monumental 1989. A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of blueberry pie, incense, truffles, black raspberries, licorice and wood smoke. Viscous and multi-dimensional with silky, sweet tannin, massive fruit concentration and full-bodied power, there are nearly 4,000 cases of this thick, juicy, perfect Clinet. It should drink well in 3-5 years and keep for 25-30.
Situated on the right bank of the Gironde, just north-west of St. Emilion, Pomerol is the smallest of the Bordeaux regions. Unlike other appellations, it has no formal system of classification. Nonetheless, the wines command some of the highest of all prices – Indeed, Pomerol is home to the famous Chateau Petrus, one of the most expensive wines in the world. Merlot is the dominant grape here which, together with the vein of iron rich clay running through the soil, helps to give the wines a uniquely rich and smooth character. Although they often more approachable at an early age, they are equally capable of great longevity