Tasting Notes Clinet 2009
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.
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.
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.