Extremely backward, firm, and virile, this macho wine exhibits full-bodied power, a dense blackberry, smoky nose, huge tannins, but impressive stuffing and depth. This is not for the faint of heart, and also not for those who need immediate drinkability. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027.
|Score: 90+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009|
Clinet seems to have come of age over the last several vintages. Another strong effort, the dark ruby/purple-hued 2006 offers sweet aromas of blueberries, plums, black cherries, smoke, and toasty oak. Opulent, medium to full-bodied and rich with a good tannic structure in the finish, this fleshy Pomerol will be accessible in 3-4 years and keep for 15-18+.
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
The 2006 Château Clinet has a nose that appears to have reached maturity. Red berry fruit, red cherries, a touch of fig jam coming through with aeration. It is not as complex as the top tier vintages from Ronan Laborde and his team, yet there is charm in spades. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, grippy in the mouth and with an almost crunchy, cracked black pepper finish that is a little more reserved than I was expecting. I would personally open bottles of the 2006 over the next 10-15 years.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016|
Tasted at the UGC. A very tight nose, which displays far less overripe fruit and new oak than in recent years. Tang of sea salt. The palate is well balanced, medium-bodied with well-integrated prudent use of new oak, revealing a more savoury, meaty mid-palate. Although it only contains 5% Cabernet Franc, it seems to really season this wine. Real character here: not the best Pomerol, nor a patch on the 1989 or 1990, yet charming and individual and that counts for a lot. Tasted April 2007.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007|
Very deep crimson. Healthy, bloody, round impact. Soft and velvety. Very low-key and mild. Then the dry tannins on the finish. Not quite mellifluous - very dry finish. Not quite as over the top as some other recent vintages of Clinet.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007|
Red-ruby. Highly aromatic, inviting nose offers black raspberry, mocha, chocolate, licorice and a minty nuance. Lush, sweet and round, with very good richness and vinosity to the black raspberry, smoke and mocha flavors. The broad, firm finish shows a distinct medicinal reserve, suggesting that this will be better for five years or so in the cellar.
|Score: 90||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009|