Chateau Clinet 1996

Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon

The 1996 Clinet, a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, was bottled a few days after Ronan Laborde's father took over the château in March 1999, spending 21 months in new oak barrels and five months in stainless steel. There was some funkiness at first, but it seems to gain a degree of clarity: scents of smudged red fruit, undergrowth, fennel and thyme, fully mature yet somehow speaking more of the winery than the terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a pleasant salinity on the entry, quite structured and not the usual voluptuous Clinet, as you would expect from this vintage. It is linear and perhaps a little broody, a slightly candied finish but rustic compared to other vintages, something that Robert Parker actually suggested might happen in one of his earlier notes. Comparing the two, I actually prefer the 1986 Clinet to the 1996. Tasted September 2016. - WA88

Aromas of coffee, spice and raisin follow though to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a silky and refined aftertaste. Slightly hollow center palate. The oak has turned to cream. At its peak.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. - WS88

The Winery

Chateau Clinet is located in the heart of the Pomerol appellation, about 40 kilometers from the city of Bordeaux. It makes up one of the most prestigious terroirs of the appellation, set as it is upon the best parcels of the renowned gravel terraces of Gunz, terroir of the greatest Merlots in the world.

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