Château Clinet

About Château Clinet

One of the most celebrated estates in Pomerol, Château Clinet is also known to be one of the oldest, with vines reportedly planted as early as 1785. The estate remained in the hands of the Constant family before being taken over by the Arnaud family, who also happens to own the legendary Pétrus! Despite the association with Pétrus, it wasn’t exactly a bed of roses on the get-go for Château Clinet, whose wines were initially lacklustre right until the 1970s when Jean-Michel Arcaute came on board.

 

Viniculture

With support from oenologist Michel Rolland, Jean-Michel decisively replaced most of the Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and raised the bar in production standards by re-introducing hand-harvesting, manual selection of berries and longer cuvaison. The fruits of his labour came in the form of a perfect score for the 1989 vintage, which catapulted Château Clinet into its meteoric ascent till today.

 

Château Clinet’s vineyards are the highest in Pomerol. It is also one of the oldest estates in Pomerol, with records showing vines planted in 1785. In C18th Clinet and Pétrus were under the same ownership. Jean-Louis Laborde bought the estate in 1998. His son Ronan, could have been a marathon runner, instead, he took over management in 2004 and made his life’s work the return of Clinet to its previous position as one of the very top wines of Pomerol.

 

The Clinet vineyard is tiny, with just 10ha of Merlot (88%) and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Clinet is situated on great terroir on the Pomerol Plateau. Their closest neighbours are L’Eglise Clinet, Clos L’Eglise, Feytit-Clinet and Trotanoy. They also have vines sitting on more gravel close to Lafleur and Pétrus. The wines of Clinet are rich, supple, sensuous, powerful and in the best vintages, often showing floral, chocolate and spicy flavours. The wine ages well, developing sensuous textures and aromatic complexities.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Clinet 2000 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,006.07
2000

Clinet 2000 (6x75cl)

Wine Spectator (95-100)

Great concentration to this wine. Black color, with amazing aromas of raspberry sauce, currants and flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderful silky tannins and a long finish. Perhaps the greatest Clinet ever. Score range: 95-100
Delivery to Storage from 10 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,006.07
Clinet 2005 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,658.14
2005

Clinet 2005 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The opaque ruby/purple 2005 Clinet offers incredibly fragrant aromatics, an opaque ruby/purple color, and a wonderfully sweet nose of flowers, blackberries, licorice, truffle and caramel. Full-bodied, powerful and rich, it is not as nuanced or complex as the top four or five Pomerols, but close. This is a broad, meaty, masculine, super-rich and concentrated wine, with lavish plum, blackcurrants and blackberries. Drink it five years from now, and over the following 30 or more years.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,658.14
Clinet 2006 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £618.47
2006

Clinet 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (91)

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then later at the château.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. Tasted March 2016.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 91 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £618.47
Clinet 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £900.47
2010

Clinet 2010 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

Gorgeous nose with lots of dark fruit like plum and blueberries. Crushed pepper and chalk with wild strawberries and vanilla. Dense and velvety on the palate with superbly polished tannins and great depth. It's absolutely gorgeous now but needs at least five to six years of bottle age to really shows its great quality.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £900.47
Clinet 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £535.67
2011

Clinet 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

Clinet has produced a blockbuster wine, even in the lighter, less consistent vintage of 2011. It reveals a dense purple color as well as an abundance of black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, incense and a touch of camphor. Full-bodied, opulent and fleshy with a substantial finish, this showy, dramatic 2011 should drink well for 15-20 years. Brilliant!
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £535.67
Clinet 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £546.47
2012

Clinet 2012 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96)

A wine I've had multiple times, the 2012 Clinet is a rich, beautifully pure effort that has terrific notes of black currants, plums, charred earth, licorice and smoke. Luxuriously textured, full-bodied, impeccably balanced and incredibly sexy on the palate, this is a fabulous Pomerol that I'd happily drink anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £546.47
Clinet 2013 (1x600cl)
Inc. VAT: £623.82
2013

Clinet 2013 (1x600cl)

Wine Advocate (91)

The 2013 Clinet was one of the better wines that I tasted from barrel. Indeed both Robert Parker and I scored this Pomerol around the same mark and now it is in bottle, it has fulfilled my expectations as a delicious, easy-going, but still well-crafted wine from Ronan Laborde. It has a delicate but precise bouquet that gains intensity in the glass, cassis and a touch of wild mint, ground pepper emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin that need another 12-18 months to soften, however there is adequate fruit underneath with a linear, slightly sappy finish. Enjoy this over the next 10-12 years.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x600cl 1 91 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £623.82
Clinet 2016 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,072.14
2016

Clinet 2016 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,072.14
Clinet 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £630.47
2016

Clinet 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £630.47
Clinet 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £433.67
2017

Clinet 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92-94)

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clinet opens slowly to reveal vibrant red and black fruits: red currants, black cherries, plums and cassis with touches of roses, yeast extract, wood smoke and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a taut, muscular palate of tightly wound fruits and compelling mineral accents, it finishes long with wonderful purity and fragrant earth accents.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 13 92-94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £433.67
Clinet 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £558.47
2018

Clinet 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

Including slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, the 2018 Château Clinet is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 75% new French oak. One of the superstars of the vintage, it has incredible elegance and finesse as well as gorgeous richness and depth. Notes of cassis and truffly dark fruits as well as tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, with a seamless, multi-dimensional texture, gorgeous tannins, and a great, great finish. It already offers incredible pleasure, but it won't hit maturity for another 5-7 years and should evolve for 30 years or more. This magical wine is in the same league as the 2015 and 2016, and drinking these beauties over the coming decades will be an incredible treat.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £558.47
Clinet 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £793.06
2019

Clinet 2019 (6x75cl)

Vinous (97-99)

The 2019 Clinet is just so fragrant on the nose: black and red fruit vying for attention, iris and incense, touches of truffle in the background. The purity that Ronan Laborde and his team have achieved should be applauded. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, perfect acidity, brilliant focus and a killer sense of tension on the finish. This is a stunning Clinet, the best that I have encountered in barrel over 20 years of tasting. That creamy texture takes your breath away. Up there with the very best - a Clinet that rivets you to the spot.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Sep 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-99 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £793.06
Clinet 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £574.67
2020

Clinet 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-98+)

I continue to love the wines from this estate, and the 2020 Château Clinet is no exception. Straight-up sensational notes of blueberries, cassis, violets, tobacco, and earth all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is full-bodied, with a rich, concentrated mid-palate, flawless balance, and a great finish. It shows the tighter, fresher, more focused style of the vintage, yet it still brings plenty of mid-palate depth as well as an expansive texture. It has enough oak to warrant short-term bottle age but will have 25-30 years of overall longevity. This is a gorgeous wine.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96-98+ (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £574.67
Ronan by Clinet 2014 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £124.07
2014

Ronan by Clinet 2014 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 - Inc. VAT: £124.07
Ronan by Clinet Blanc 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £119.27
2013

Ronan by Clinet Blanc 2013 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 10 - Inc. VAT: £119.27
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Clinet 2000 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £825.00
2000

Clinet 2000 (6x75cl)

Wine Spectator (95-100)

Great concentration to this wine. Black color, with amazing aromas of raspberry sauce, currants and flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderful silky tannins and a long finish. Perhaps the greatest Clinet ever. Score range: 95-100
Delivery to Storage from 10 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £825.00
Clinet 2005 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £1,355.00
2005

Clinet 2005 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The opaque ruby/purple 2005 Clinet offers incredibly fragrant aromatics, an opaque ruby/purple color, and a wonderfully sweet nose of flowers, blackberries, licorice, truffle and caramel. Full-bodied, powerful and rich, it is not as nuanced or complex as the top four or five Pomerols, but close. This is a broad, meaty, masculine, super-rich and concentrated wine, with lavish plum, blackcurrants and blackberries. Drink it five years from now, and over the following 30 or more years.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,355.00
Clinet 2006 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £502.00
2006

Clinet 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (91)

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then later at the château.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. Tasted March 2016.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 91 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £502.00
Clinet 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £737.00
2010

Clinet 2010 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

Gorgeous nose with lots of dark fruit like plum and blueberries. Crushed pepper and chalk with wild strawberries and vanilla. Dense and velvety on the palate with superbly polished tannins and great depth. It's absolutely gorgeous now but needs at least five to six years of bottle age to really shows its great quality.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £737.00
Clinet 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £433.00
2011

Clinet 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

Clinet has produced a blockbuster wine, even in the lighter, less consistent vintage of 2011. It reveals a dense purple color as well as an abundance of black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, incense and a touch of camphor. Full-bodied, opulent and fleshy with a substantial finish, this showy, dramatic 2011 should drink well for 15-20 years. Brilliant!
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £433.00
Clinet 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £442.00
2012

Clinet 2012 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96)

A wine I've had multiple times, the 2012 Clinet is a rich, beautifully pure effort that has terrific notes of black currants, plums, charred earth, licorice and smoke. Luxuriously textured, full-bodied, impeccably balanced and incredibly sexy on the palate, this is a fabulous Pomerol that I'd happily drink anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £442.00
Clinet 2013 (1x600cl)
In Bond: £502.00
2013

Clinet 2013 (1x600cl)

Wine Advocate (91)

The 2013 Clinet was one of the better wines that I tasted from barrel. Indeed both Robert Parker and I scored this Pomerol around the same mark and now it is in bottle, it has fulfilled my expectations as a delicious, easy-going, but still well-crafted wine from Ronan Laborde. It has a delicate but precise bouquet that gains intensity in the glass, cassis and a touch of wild mint, ground pepper emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin that need another 12-18 months to soften, however there is adequate fruit underneath with a linear, slightly sappy finish. Enjoy this over the next 10-12 years.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x600cl 1 91 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £502.00
Clinet 2016 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £1,700.00
2016

Clinet 2016 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,700.00
Clinet 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £512.00
2016

Clinet 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clinet is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged using the Oxoline system, in 70% new and 30% one-year-old barrels for 16 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color with cedar and smoked meats on the nose giving way to black and red plums and earthy notions with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is medium to full-bodied, elegant, polished and vivacious with loads of red and black fruit layers and an earthy finish. Around 4,416 cases produced.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £512.00
Clinet 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £348.00
2017

Clinet 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92-94)

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clinet opens slowly to reveal vibrant red and black fruits: red currants, black cherries, plums and cassis with touches of roses, yeast extract, wood smoke and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a taut, muscular palate of tightly wound fruits and compelling mineral accents, it finishes long with wonderful purity and fragrant earth accents.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 13 92-94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £348.00
Clinet 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £452.00
2018

Clinet 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

Including slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, the 2018 Château Clinet is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 75% new French oak. One of the superstars of the vintage, it has incredible elegance and finesse as well as gorgeous richness and depth. Notes of cassis and truffly dark fruits as well as tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, with a seamless, multi-dimensional texture, gorgeous tannins, and a great, great finish. It already offers incredible pleasure, but it won't hit maturity for another 5-7 years and should evolve for 30 years or more. This magical wine is in the same league as the 2015 and 2016, and drinking these beauties over the coming decades will be an incredible treat.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £452.00
Clinet 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £647.49
2019

Clinet 2019 (6x75cl)

Vinous (97-99)

The 2019 Clinet is just so fragrant on the nose: black and red fruit vying for attention, iris and incense, touches of truffle in the background. The purity that Ronan Laborde and his team have achieved should be applauded. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, perfect acidity, brilliant focus and a killer sense of tension on the finish. This is a stunning Clinet, the best that I have encountered in barrel over 20 years of tasting. That creamy texture takes your breath away. Up there with the very best - a Clinet that rivets you to the spot.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Sep 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-99 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £647.49
Clinet 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £465.50
2020

Clinet 2020 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-98+)

I continue to love the wines from this estate, and the 2020 Château Clinet is no exception. Straight-up sensational notes of blueberries, cassis, violets, tobacco, and earth all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is full-bodied, with a rich, concentrated mid-palate, flawless balance, and a great finish. It shows the tighter, fresher, more focused style of the vintage, yet it still brings plenty of mid-palate depth as well as an expansive texture. It has enough oak to warrant short-term bottle age but will have 25-30 years of overall longevity. This is a gorgeous wine.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96-98+ (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £465.50
Ronan by Clinet 2014 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £90.00
2014

Ronan by Clinet 2014 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 - In Bond: £90.00
Ronan by Clinet Blanc 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £86.00
2013

Ronan by Clinet Blanc 2013 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 10 - In Bond: £86.00

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