Tasting Notes Clinet 1995
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.
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's Clinet vertical. With a wide tawny rim, this has a light but well defined nose with touches of beef stock, sage and juniper berry. It is quite elegant and retaining moderate vigour. With further aeration there is a touch of orange rind emerging and the aromatics gain cohesion. The palate is medium-bodied with a coarse, black pepper tinged entry, hard tannins and a rather forced, dry, pinched finish that detracts from the overall effect. Tasted February 2011.