Clinet is now simply one of the best estates in Bordeaux. It is a small property with only 11.27 hectares located on the highest point of the Pomerol plateau, close to L’Eglise Clinet and Trotanoy. The property’s 45 year old vines rest in soils that are a wonderful balance of gravel, clay and rich sand, planted with 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Clinet was bought by Jean-Loius Laborde in 1998 and employ the mighty consultant Michael Rolland, who increased the amount of time spent ageing in new French oak, vintages now see 18-22 months in 60% new oak. Clinet also introduced leading modern technology such as moving grape juice by gravity flow into nine different vats were the wine is fermented with wonderful precision ensuring each plot is vinified to its optimum potential. In recent years the Estate has been producing wines that rival Petrus, making wines of the vintage in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Clinet only produces 3,200 cases a year and the wine is incredibly rich, exquisitely balanced, with a powerful but delicate texture and a finish that goes on for minutes at a time.