By Chateau Clinet
2005 Clinet from Chateau Clinet, Pomerol, Bordeaux
An examination of the 2005 vintage from Pomerol's Chateau Clinet reveals a particular constellation of climatic fortune and deft winemaking. The small, yet eminent Chateau Clinet has, with this vintage, transcended its own benchmark, crafting a wine that is quintessentially Pomerol and expressly superb.
A Year of Conviction: The Making of 2005 Clinet
The celestial alignment of favourable weather conditions in 2005 bestowed upon Bordeaux a vintage of enviable acclaim. The resulting 2005 Clinet encapsulates this fortuitous episode. A season marked by a benevolent combination of warmth and coolness allowed for prolonged ripening and optimal harvest time. Such serendipity ensured that each grape from the vineyard's merlot-dominated blend matured to its most expressive state.
The Essence of Pomerol Decanted
In the glass, the 2005 Clinet exudes a grandiose yet refined structural constitution. It's as if the gravel and clay of Pomerol’s blessed terroir have conspired to gift the wine an impressive longevity and robust grace. Investors with discerning palates will appreciate how the 2005 Clinet gracefully unfurls its complex layers of dark fruits interlaced with truffles and hints of violet—a nod to its terroir—with each sip promising a lingering finish that speaks to its meticulously orchestrated upbringing.
For enthusiasts valuing finesse alongside sturdy investment potential, there's much to be admired in this substantial offering from Chateau Clinet. It shall undoubtedly continue to ascend in both plenitude and value as it matures within the bottle's confines.
Summarising the 2005 Vintage Stature
In summation, the 2005 Clinet is not merely a testament to an exceptional Bordeaux year but is an exposition of Chateau Clinet’s unerring dedication to viticultural excellence. A savoured choice for both neophyte collectors and seasoned investors keen to bolster their portfolio with a Pomerolean treasure that promises continued appreciation in both sensory pleasure and monetary worth.
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Scores and tasting notes
The opaque ruby/purple 2005 Clinet offers incredibly fragrant aromatics, an opaque ruby/purple color, and a wonderfully sweet nose of flowers, blackberries, licorice, truffle and caramel. Full-bodied, powerful and rich, it is not as nuanced or complex as the top four or five Pomerols, but close. This is a broad, meaty, masculine, super-rich and concentrated wine, with lavish plum, blackcurrants and blackberries. Drink it five years from now, and over the following 30 or more years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2015
We haven't seen a Clinet this good since the late Jean-Michel Arcaute's stunning duo of 1989 and 1990. This dense ruby/purple-tinged, exotic 2005 boasts soaring aromas of roasted herbs, plums, black currants, and caramelized chocolate. Savory, broad, and expansive with sensational purity, intensity, and length, this beauty possesses so much fruit and glycerin that it nearly hides the substantial tannins. Although performing exceptionally well at present, I suspect it will close down once it is put in a cold cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #176 April 2008
Tasted at the Pomerol tasting at the Antique Wine Company. The Clinet '05 has a ripe nose, but one that is surprisingly sultry at first before revealing cassis, red plum and mulberry scents
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2013