The 2014 Clinet is powerful, deep and enveloping. Black cherry, smoke, graphite, chocolate and French oak give the wine its intensity and gravitas. Hints of lavender and violet develop in the glass, adding lovely aromatic nuance, but the 2014 remains a big, imposing wine in need of cellaring. This is impressive juice. Tasted two times.
|Score: 94+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
A tight and subtle wine with very pretty ripe-fruit character and chocolate. Medium to full body. Needs time to open. Better in 2020.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Clinet is a wine that left me "perplexed" when I tasted it multiple times both from barrel and in bottle. The litmus test is how it shows blind... Here it has a lifted bouquet with truffle and smoke-infused red fruit, a subtle hickory note coming through with aeration. One or two attendees at the tasting suggested brettanomyces. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, spicy in the mouth with a dash of white pepper towards the firm, quite masculine and angular finish. Two bottles tasted with consistent notes. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2034
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018|
The 2014 Clinet was a wine that perplexed when I tasted it from barrel and as a consequence, it was one that I went back and retasted three or four times during that primeur campaign. Now in bottle, the bouquet has improved and developed more fruit concentration, armed with red plum, wild strawberry and blueberry scents. The palate is medium-bodied and quite refined, certainly not as opulent as other vintages from the estate, perhaps just missing a persistence on the angular finish. It is not a bad Clinet by a long stretch, it just feels a little constricted, especially compared to say the 2010 or 2015. I tasted this on three occasions, drawing the same conclusion each time. Drink date 2019 - 2032
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017|
The Château Clinet 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc picked from 23 to 30 September, 3 October for the old Merlot vines and 8 October with respect Cabernets. It was cropped at 40 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 60% new barrels and 40% second fill. It has a well-defined bouquet, quite stony compared to more fruit-driven Pomerol 14's, scents of gravel percolating through the light blackberry and boysenberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm, slightly abrasive tannin at the moment that will hopefully be abraded during its barrel age. It feels a little attenuated on the finish and you feel taken aback by the lack of its usual concentration and flamboyance on the finish. Interestingly a second sample (at the UGC) showed more cohesion and weight on the finish vis to the sample at the château. Ronan Laborde has produced some truly wonderful wines at Clinet in recent years, but I need convincing that the 2014 will join their ranks. I will hopefully re-taste this later during its barrel maturation and report back. 88-91?
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
This is layered and intense with mineral, chalk, berry and olive character. Full, very fine and refined. Tight. Let's see.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015|
The 2014 Clinet is striking. Energetic, tense and wiry, the 2014 jumps from the glass with notable intensity. The tannins are quite evident, as is the acidity, but there is a level of harmony here that is impossible to miss. Red currant, sweet red cherry, tobacco, smoke and white pepper add nuance on the pulsating finish. I imagine the 2014 is going to require quite a bit of time, but it is compelling, even at this early stage. The 2014 is 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc that saw 30+ days on the skins in small lot fermenters, with manual punch-downs. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. This is a fabulous showing from Clinet and proprietor Ronan Laborde.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2015|
Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. A suggestion of VA on the nose. But good (if slightly awkward) freshness on the palate. Lots of greenness. Then a bit salty. Second bottle not better.
|Score: 16+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
Overripe notes on the nose. A little dull on the palate. Very stolid and without any real pace and direction.
|Score: 15.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015|
This small (8 hectare) property is situated at the edge of the plateau of Pomerol behind Clos L'Eglise. It shot to fame following a 100 point Parker rating in 1989 and then repeated this feat 20 years later. The wines here are serious, dense and powerful. Medium-deep ruby. Plums and black cherries on the nose which has lots of sweet spice from new oak. Flashy and modern with high glycerol on the palate giving very polished, sweet fruit. A warm, opulent style of Pomerol with a toasty finish.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
For whatever reason, Chateau Clinet was not interested in having their 2015 tasted for this report and I was unable to taste it during my trip through the region. I’ll do my best to review it from bottle once it’s available in the United States. Nevertheless, I purchased a bottle of the 2014 Château Clinet locally and it showed beautifully, revealing a deep purple color, loads of plum, crème de cassis, spice-box, dried flowers, and graphite aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness, and a terrific minerality the developed with time in the glass. This is an elegant, balanced, beautifully pure 2014 that’s very much in the style of the vintage. It will keep for 20+ years. 2018 - 2038
|Score: 93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Dark in profile, featuring a steeped core of fig and blackberry fruit that melds with roasted apple wood and ganache notes through the finish. Shows plenty of muscle, but the refined structure leads to a very long finish, boding well for the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. 4,750 cases made.
|Score: 92||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
The fruit is ripe and sweet the nose has depth and the palate fleshy suppleness. Black plum and cassis a mix of fruits the fleshiness underpinned by freshness a lovely balance. It fills out on the back palate the finish lush packed with ripe fruit. 2020-30
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
High in Cabernet Sauvignon by the standards of Pomerol, Clinet makes wines that have structure as well as freshness. This is a very modern style, with prominent but well handled oak, silky tannins, bright acidity and notes of red berries and blackberry. The palate length is impressive here.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 89||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|