Tasting Notes Clinet 1997
The 1997 Clinet has turned out better than expected from barrel. Its exotic nose of truffles, vanilla, plum liqueur, black fruits, and Asian spices leads to a plump, fat wine with notes of coffee, coconut cream, and blackberries. Surprisingly dense, and revealing lots of tannin, it requires 1-2 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 10-12 years. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2012+.
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's Clinet vertical. Like the 1996, the Clinet 1997 is mature in appearance but it has an attractive, lifted, if not complex bouquet that is quite floral in style, hints of red fruits, jasmine, Clementine and iron rust. The palate is medium-bodied with good grip on the entry, very good depth with notes of orange peel, mushroom, thyme and a tannic, quite masculine, ferrous finish. Moderate length, quite assertive and but with a pleasant dry savoury aftertaste. This is not bad considering the vintage, but I would not leave bottles too much longer. Tasted February 2011.