Tasting Notes Clinet 1986
With relatively high tannin, there is a certain dryness and astringency in the finish of this dark plum/garnet-colored wine. Nevertheless, what precedes it remains impressive. The wine exhibits a big, spicy nose, with still some lingering oak intermixed with licorice, floral, and blueberry fruit. Medium bodied, with excellent depth but hard tannin, this wine seems typical of so many 1986's
Tasted at the chateau, this Clinet '86 has a deep garnet core with tawny rim. The nose is attractive just as it was a few years ago, wild mushroom aromas, dried leaves, a touch of gravel and antique bureau. The palate is medium-bodied, good weight, firm grainy tannins with the savoury Cabernet Franc imparting notes of roasted chestnut, a touch of pepper, some dried orange rind leading to a slightly bitter, drying finish. This is a decent Pomerol from a difficult vintage although now I would suggest larger formats would give more pleasure. Drink now. Tasted May 2009.