With a history going back to 1975, Clinet is one of the oldest vineyards in Pomerol. Situated close to Lafleur and Pétrus, it’s 11 hectares is planted to 88% Merlot, 11.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 0.5% Cabernet Franc. And while Jean Michel Arcaute (who died suddenly 2001) and Michel Roland took Client to new heights in the 1990s harvesting later and using 100% new oak, it's been under the direction of Ronan Laborde (whose family purchased Client in 1998) that through new high-density plantings and reducing the amount of new oak, Clinet has become even more complex and concentrated.
At 75% Merlot and fully 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 Clinet contains the highest proportion of Cabernet in the blend (excepting the 2003) since at least the 1980s. Ronan Laborde harvested late, picking into mid-October, to craft a medium to full-bodied, deep and impressively seamless wine evocative of dark berries, baking chocolate, violets and spices. Concentrated and nicely integrated, it is one of the vintage's notable successes.
(93-95) points, Wine Advocate (April 2022)
Deep crimson. Polished dark plum, blackcurrant wood varnish aromas with star anise notes. Well concentrated dark plum, blackcurrant, cedar wood notes, fine supple bittersweet tannins. Firm chestnut finish. Very good use of new oak in the wine. 75% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon.16+ months in new and seasoned oak. 13% alc
(93-94) points, The Vintage Journal (May 2022)
Pomerol, on the Right Bank of Bordeaux’s Gironde River, produces some of the world’s most sought-after wines, including those from such storied properties as Chateau Petrus. Yet Pomerol, the smallest of the fine-wine-producing districts of Bordeaux, offers no Grand Cru or Premier Cru wines: It’s the most significant Bordeaux appellation not included in any quality ranking. At the time of the historic 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, Right Bank chateaux were considered remote and difficult to travel to, and so were ignored by the merchants who created the classification. (St. Émilion, a notable neighbour on the Right Bank, created its own classification system in 1954.)
Pomerol has managed to do quite well without this form of validation. Pomerol’s predominantly clay soil is ideally suited for Merlot, the primary grape used in the appellation. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also included in Pomerol’s blended red wines. The wines of Pomerol are lush and rich, and generally not as tannic as the Cabernet-based wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Although Pomerol’s very best wines are capable of aging for decades, most are made for immediate consumption. These Merlot-based wines are known for their lush texture, elegance and grace, as well as the softer tannins they offer in comparison to the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines made elsewhere in Bordeaux.