2010 Chateau Clinet (Case of Twelve)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92-95
Wine Advocate: 95-98
Vinous Media: 88-91
Jeff Leve: 95-97
James Suckling: 95-96
Red Wine


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"Rich and fleshy, with a cocoa powder frame to the blueberry, raspberry and dark plum fruit. Long, with some muscle, yet stays graceful overall." (WS)

"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. " (WA)

"Deep ruby-purple A strong element of superripeness dominates the aromas of plum, prune, coffee, and cocoa on the nose. Rich, plush and dense in the mouth, but with a sappy quality to leaven the wine's liqueur-like ripeness of plum, cocoa and underbrush flavors. Though I don't find the vibrancy or lift of the best wines of the appellation, I have to admit that this Clinet maintains very good balance for such a ripe, concentrated wine. The long finish features youthfully chewy tannins. Those who like their clarets big, rich and ripe will score this higher than I did." (IWC)

"Clinet owner, Ronan Laborde, used what he called a classic Pomerol blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. At 14.6 % alcohol, than they achieved in 2009. Effective yields are also lower than in 2009. In fact, they are close to 25% less, which means there will be a lot less of this Bordeaux wine in the marketplace from this outstanding vintage. Opaque in color, explosive, floral, plum, black fruit, jammy berry, oak, chocolate and black raspberry scents create a beguiling perfume. This complex, spicy wine coats your palate with layers of pure, sweet, ripe plums. This is a hedonistic, sensuous style of Pomerol that blends intensity with pleasure and chocolate covered ripe fruit." (JL)

"Nothing on the palate and then all of a sudden it blasts off on the finish. Superb Clinet. Full and velvety. Juicy.$$" (JS)