The 2013 Clinet has a dense nose with light black fruit and incense, missing some delineation and not as complex as recent vintages, as you might expect. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins and fine acidity. Not a complex Clinet, yet it’s balanced with no greenness, sporting decent weight with a peppery finish. What you might call a serviceable Clinet. Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2033
Robert Parker 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.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2028
Tasted blind. Deeply coloured. Dark aroma but also a bit stalky/dusty. Dry, a bit leafy but better than I expected from the nose. Just a little bit tough on the finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2028