By Chateau Clinet
2009 Clinet from Chateau Clinet, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The 2009 Clinet from Chateau Clinet, residing in the hallowed Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux, is a vintage that captures the essence of its year with remarkable fidelity. This particular wine is a beacon of sophistication that beckons the astute investor and collector alike.
A Vintage That Speaks Volumes
The celestial alignment of perfect weather conditions bestowed its benevolence upon Bordeaux in 2009. The resultant harvest at Chateau Clinet was noted for its optimal ripeness and exemplary concentration—a madrigal of nature's generosity. This radiant year permitted merlot, the heart and soul of Pomerol, to thrive and articulate its varietal charm with depth and clarity.
An Olfactory Odyssey
The nose of the 2009 Clinet conveys an odyssey into the fertile loams of Pomerol. A tapestry woven with ripe blackberries and plums, interlaced with subtle hints of truffle and freshly-tilled earth. On inhaling its perfume, one becomes enraptured by the terroir's sincere expression.
Palette of the Palate
An exploration of the palate unfolds a myriad of layers; opulent dark fruit mingles with exquisitely structured tannins and a balanced acidity, culminating in a finish as long as it is luxurious. It’s this finesse and power delicately enclosed within each sip that attributes to the investment-worthy quality of the 2009 Clinet.
The Art of Ageing
Now gracing over a decade in bottle, this vintage gracefully strides into maturity. Yet, it holds a promise—like a secret whispered between old friends—for considerable evolution in years to come.
In summary, the 2009 Clinet is unmistakably one of the stars in Pomerol's constellation for this year—a testament to an exceptional terroir and Chateau Clinet's unwavering dedication to winemaking excellence. It is a paragon among wines; its 2009 narrative is far from its denouement and continues to be an attractive prospect for wine investment connoisseurs.
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Scores and tasting notes
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.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #199 February 2012
Aromas of dark fruits, hazelnut and dark chocolate, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins that are polished and refined. Beautiful depth of fruit to this. Best in 2018.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 14th 2012
Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Clinet is showing quite a lot of evolution on the nose with notes of new leather, fried spices and dried herbs over a core of dried mulberries and prunes with a touch of redcurrant jelly. Full-bodied and decadently fruited with loads of mature, savory layers, it has a chewy texture and finishes on a dried herbs note.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 14 March 2019
The Clinet ’09 is a massive wine but on this occasion it is curiously reticent at first and demands coaxing. Perhaps this is on the cusp of closing down. The palate is full-bodied and dense, loaded with glycerin but still beautifully balanced with firm backbone and massive grip on the finish. This is a child prodigy that is about to enter what might well be a turbulent adolescence, but is certain to inspire awe just as the 1989 and 1990 Clinet can do at present. Tasted June 2013.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2013