Feytit Clinet 2011
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As I have written in previous Bordeaux reports, proprietor Chasseuil is on the move qualitatively, taking Feytit-Clinet to the summit of Pomerol. Readers should latch on to a few bottles as it is just a matter of time before prices reflect the quality at this estate. Another big-time winner, the 2011 boasts a blue/black/purple color and thick, rich, meaty, blood-like berry fruit intermixed with hints of truffles and licorice. This formidably endowed wine (one of the most concentrated of the vintage) has no hard edges. The final blend was 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Give it another 3-4 years to develop a few nuances aromatically, and drink it over the following 10-15 years.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), May 2014|
This property has come of age over the last five or six years and is now routinely one of the better wines of Pomerol. Its 16-acre vineyard is strategically well placed between Trotanoy and Latour a Pomerol. Yields in 2011 were a small 30 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend was 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Tasted on three separate occasions, the 2011 Feytit-Clinet consistently performed well, exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color in addition to abundant notes of plums, blueberries and black cherries, outstanding ripeness, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, well-integrated acidity and moderate tannin. This big Pomerol should age easily for two decades.
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
Two samples tasted although the first is not representative. The second displays attractive, rounded dark cherry fruit on the nose that is well defined and a little more generous than Jeremy Chasseuil's wine is usually at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, masculine tannins. Dark and broody with fine tertiary flavours underneath, it has quite a spicy but foursquare finish that will need time to mellow. Enigmatic as ever. Tasted April 2012.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
A wine with gorgeous berry and chocolate character on the nose and palate. Full body, silky tannins and a rich finish. Wonderful concentration and balance. Try in 2016.
|Score: 90||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014|
This is really well done with roses, raspberries and blueberries. Full and super silky textured with an outstanding finish. Lovely length. Sexy.
|Score: 90/91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
The fruit on the nose feels ripe with lots of black plum fleshing out the palate. The rich flavours are underpinned by fresher fruits some bramble and bilberry and although the tannins are structured there is a lot of rich fruit coming through on the finish.
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2012|
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