By Chateau Clinet
1999 Clinet from Chateau Clinet, Pomerol, Bordeaux
Immersing oneself in the nuances of the 1999 Clinet from Chateau Clinet unravels a compelling chapter in the tome of Bordeaux's terroir-driven narratives. The Pomerol appellation, albeit small, has yielded wines of monumental repute and the 1999 vintage stands paramount as one of minute elegance.
Chronicle of a Vintage Defined
The preceding decade was often fickle, yet 1999 emerged as an unsung hero, exhibiting a robustness that laid dormant in its predecessors. With February's blanket of frost contributing to arduous beginnings, Pomerol saw redemption in a summer that bestowed an impeccable balance of warm sunshine and vital precipitation. This climatic dance ushered in a harvest that was both bountiful and concentrated—a maestro's touch rendering each grape a treasure chest.
Investment Merit in Maturation
Clinet's deft crafting finds the 1999 iteration exuding a bouquet where dark fruits intertwine with whispers of truffle and exotic spice. The palate is captivated by finesse—a tapestry woven from the threads of black cherry, succulent plum, and an undercurrent of firm tannins subtle enough to suggest their own retirement. As it breathes, it unfurls further complexities that nod to an assured longevity. Investors have ample reason to consider this vintage a strategic addition to any portfolio attuned to future value and consummate grace.
In Vino Veritas: The Essence of the 1999 Clinet
The essence of the 1999 Clinet from Chateau Clinet celebrates an equilibrium rarely captured with such precision. It exhibits an aristocratic poise perhaps unexpected at birth, but now resonating with vigour—assured yet understated. Today, as the wine sits at an esteemed crossroad between maturity and extensive potential, it symbolises not only an accomplished harvest but also the sagacious foresight of investors who understand that some stories improve with each chapter. In closing, when considering how it might age henceforth—it whispers only promise.
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Scores and tasting notes
Clinet's 1999 is surprisingly accessible in the attack, but there is some firm tannin in the finish. The wine is medium-bodied with notes of licorice, blackberry/cherry/currant fruit, some sweet but slightly rustic tannin, and an excellent, broad mouthfeel. The wine is well-made but falls short of being exceptional. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2002
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's Clinet vertical. This has a lot of glycerine on the nose that lends it a New World sheen with notes of macerated dark cherries, sloe, candied orange peel and a touch of cherry liqueur. The palate is full-bodied with dense, sinewy tannins, very good weight but not much in the way of finesse, whilst the oak is a little obvious towards the meaty finish. Tasted February 2011.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2011