Chateau Clinet

Listed Wines Clinet
Owner Laborde family
President Ronan Laborde
Annual Production ​(Grand Vin) 3,000 cases
Classification Pomerol AOC
Appellation Pomerol
Second Wine Fleur de Clinet
Interesting Fact Ronan Laborde took control at the tender age of 23 - with no previous experience in estate management - and has achieved a stunning average score of 93.3-points (RPJ) for his 8 vintages since.
Chateau Clinet

Brand

The Clinet story is one of an estate highly regarded in the early 19th Century,  that fell from grace only to rise phoenix-like at the tail end of the 20th century. When Robert Parker Jr. awarded the 1989 and 1990 vintages a perfect score, the world sat up and took notice. Whilst Clinet certainly has not been affected by the same Far East buzz that has surrounded the Left Bank estates, there is an expectation that with increased diversification in buying trends, it is set to enjoy a stronger international following in the future.

Clinet is one of the most brand conscious estates on the right bank and will often make subtle changes to bottle or case design in order to stay relevant. Back in 2011 they chanced upon some unexpected product placement in the remake of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' where Daniel Craig enjoyed a bottle of the 2005 vintage over dinner.

Since Ronan Laborde took over the estate in the early 90's he has made a number of changes, most notably was the introduction of Ronan by Clinet (Rouge and Blanc). Amongst other developments to the estate and winemaking procedures, the annual turnover has increased from $2m up to $10m under his stewardship.

Critic Appraisal

Whilst past vintages have not found overwhelming favour with critics, Clinet now seems to be on something of a roll. The 2009 is a strong contender for investment and has been heralded as the finest vintage that the estate has yet produced, better even than the 1989. It attained the coveted 100-point score from Robert Parker and, in response, prices almost doubled from £1,200 to around £2,100 per case. After a trio of beautiful performers in 2008, 2009 and 1010, Clinet is firmly on the radar as a consideration amongst the investor and collectors market each vintage.

History

Once a sister to Petrus, both chateaux having been owned by the Arnaud family, the Clinet Grand Vin used to command one of the healthiest prices on the Right Bank. Following a sale to the Constant family in the 1860s, the estate was repeatedly sold and passed on- with four owners in four decades. The wine undoubtedly suffered at the hands of such incongruous treatment and things did not improve substantially until 1979, when Clinet came into the hands of Jean-Michel Arcaute by marriage and its fortunes turned. Arcaute hired the esteemed consultant oenologist Michel Rolland to assist in restoring the wine produced on his land to its former glory and the improvements were noticeable by some very fine vintages as the 1980s drew to a close. Despite Arcaute’s success, Clinet did not remain his for long. In 1998 John-Louis Laborde took over, and it is his young son who now presides there, after working with Michel Rolland for a few years, Ronan Laborde decided to 'fly solo' so they now produce all their wines themselves without any additional support.

Chateau Clinet Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Clinet 2017 Chateau Clinet £598.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2017 Chateau Clinet £345.00 6x75cl
Clinet 2016 Chateau Clinet £857.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2016 Chateau Clinet £440.00 6x75cl
Clinet 2015 Chateau Clinet £875.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2015 Chateau Clinet £455.00 6x75cl
Clinet 2014 Chateau Clinet £535.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2013 Chateau Clinet £440.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2013 Chateau Clinet £220.00 6x75cl
Clinet 2012 Chateau Clinet £625.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2011 Chateau Clinet £640.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2010 Chateau Clinet £1,040.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2010 Chateau Clinet £510.00 6x75cl
Clinet 2009 Chateau Clinet £2,300.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2009 Chateau Clinet £1,100.00 6x75cl
Clinet 2008 Chateau Clinet £750.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2007 Chateau Clinet £680.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2006 Chateau Clinet £828.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2005 Chateau Clinet £1,100.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2004 Chateau Clinet £750.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2003 Chateau Clinet £950.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2002 Chateau Clinet £696.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2001 Chateau Clinet £947.00 12x75cl
Clinet 2000 Chateau Clinet £1,824.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1999 Chateau Clinet £900.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1998 Chateau Clinet £1,100.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1998 Chateau Clinet £550.00 6x75cl
Clinet 1997 Chateau Clinet £726.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1996 Chateau Clinet £872.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1995 Chateau Clinet £1,350.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1990 Chateau Clinet £3,624.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1989 Chateau Clinet £6,804.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1986 Chateau Clinet £1,564.00 12x75cl
Clinet 1982 Chateau Clinet £2,760.00 12x75cl

Highest rated vintages for Chateau Clinet

100

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
100

One of the great modern-day Bordeaux, the 1989 Clinet still has a saturated purple color and a sweet nose of creme de cassis intermixed with incense, licorice, smoke, and mineral. As the wine sits in the glass, more blueberry and blackberry notes emerge, intermixed with some toasty oak, earth, and spice. This spectacularly concentrated, full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine is the stuff of dreams. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. Last tasted, 10/02

Robert Parker Jr
Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition Jan 2003
97

A sensational effort, and one of the two finest Clinets made before the 2008, this prodigious wine made by the late Jean-Michel Arcaute has always been a sprinter out of the gate. Even at age 19, it continues to strut its stuff. A dense blue/garnet/purple hue exhibits slight lightening at the edge, and the gorgeous nose offers up aromas of sweet blueberries, licorice, smoke, acacia flowers, and camphor. Full-bodied with silky tannins, low acidity, and terrific purity, this 1990 has hit its plateau of full maturity where it should remain for another decade.Release price: ($425.00/case)

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #183 June 2009
94-98

A spectacular success in this vintage, this blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc achieved 15% natural alcohol. Sadly, there are only 3,400 cases primarily because of the small Merlot crop (yields were only 29 hectoliters per hectare). The wine’s opaque purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of boysenberries, blueberries, black currants, licorice, truffles and a hint of asphalt. The wine possesses great intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel, stunning glycerin and richness, and wonderful freshness as well as precision because of the vintage conditions. This massive Pomerol will age effortlessly for 30-35 years. Equaling what Clinet achieved in 1989 and 1990, it is the third successive great vintage for this estate.

Robert Parker Jr
96

Another extraordinary wine made in a backward vin de garde style, the 1995 Clinet represents the essence of Pomerol. The blackberry, cassis liqueur-like fruit of this wine is awesome. The color is saturated black/purple, and the wine extremely full-bodied and powerful with layers of glycerin-imbued fruit, massive richness, plenty of licorice, blackberry, and cassis flavors, full body, and a thick, unctuous texture. This is a dense, impressive offering from administrator Jean-Michel Arcaute. This wine should continue to improve for another 10-25 years. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #115 February 1998
95

Clinet has produced a blockbuster wine, even in the lighter, less consistent vintage of 2011. It reveals a dense purple color as well as an abundance of black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, incense and a touch of camphor. Full-bodied, opulent and fleshy with a substantial finish, this showy, dramatic 2011 should drink well for 15-20 years. Brilliant!

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014
94+

Another resounding success for the vintage, the opaque purple-colored 2008 Clinet (14.4% alcohol) is composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare, while higher than in 2010, were still modest. Another powerful, big, large-scaled effort, the 2008 exhibits an inky/purple color as well as sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, plum, Asian spice, licorice and incense notes. Layered and full-bodied with stunning purity and a 40+ second finish, this beauty needs 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25-30 years.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #194 May 2011
(92-94+)

Although hardly comparable to what Clinet achieved in both 2009 and 2010, the 2012 Clinet is another star of the vintage. A powerful, full-bodied, muscular Pomerol, it reveals a dense purple color in addition to lots of opulence, a layered, full-bodied richness (somewhat atypical for the vintage), beautiful density and plenty of mocha, black cherry, truffle and graphite notes. It is a surprisingly full yet accessible Clinet that will be drinkable long before the 2009 and 2010 hit their plateaus of maturity. Drink the 2012 over the next 15 years.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #206
93

Beautiful aromas of plums, soy, black currants, black raspberries, espresso, and spring flowers jump from the glass of this perfumed, dense plum/ruby/purple-tinged Pomerol. Medium to full-bodied and pure with sweet tannin and impressive extract, it will benefit from 2-3 more years of bottle age, and should last for an additional two decades.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Adcocate #189 June 2010
91-93

A terrific success and star in this vintage, this blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc came from a mere 25 acres of vineyard and averaged 33 hectoliters per hectare, with close to 13% natural alcohol. The entire harvest took place September 30-October 12. The wine is impressive in this vintage, its beautiful, dense, blue/black color is followed by a striking nose of creme de cassis, blackberry fruit, charcoal and a hint of camphor. The wine is rich and medium to full-bodied, displaying surprising texture, depth and breadth. This is a rich wine with good acidity and ripe tannin. It is a relatively big boy for the vintage and should drink well in 2-3 years and last up to 15 or more. It is so good, it is clearly a sleeper of the vintage, even though Clinet has been doing fabulous work for a number of years.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #214 Aug 2014