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IWC 90-92
WA 90
WS 91

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Wine Details

Bottle Size 750ml
Vintage 1998
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Producer Chateau Clinet
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pomerol
Color Red
Country France
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Price $85.00

International Wine Cellarage (IWC) Review

IWC 90-92
Bright deep ruby. Slightly high-toned, superripe aromas of kirsch, black raspberry and chocolate; has a distinctly porty aspect. Sweet, dense and layered; flavors of blackberry and chocolate are at once mouthfilling and nicely delineated. Really huge material here. Finishes with substantial sweet tannins and very persistent dark berry, mocha and chocolate flavors. Clinet is always a difficult wine to taste early, as barrel samples oxidize quickly due to the very low levels of sulfur used during vinification and elevage, but this is an impressive sample.

Wine Advocate (WA) Review

WA 90
I had high hopes for this wine prior to bottling, but Clinet often goes through a reduced, awkward stage following bottling. The 1998 reveals a dense, thick-looking purple color, as well as a closed bouquet. With coaxing, notes of damp earth, spicy new oak, truffles, blackberry and plum fruit emerge. Dense, with jagged tannin, considerable power, and a roasted, chocolatey character, this wine has not yet meshed together. I had hoped it would be less disjointed, but I still feel there is a strong likelihood that it will deserve an outstanding score. However, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.

Wine Spectactor (WS) Review

WS 91
Clearly outstanding. Lots of tobacco, cherry and berry aromas. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long finish. Seductive. Best after 2007. 3,300 cases made. –JS
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