Le Nou­veau Bordeaux

Amid the di­chotomies of in­flu­ences that Château Clinet has, CEO finds that the se­cret to its suc­cess is the bal­ance of both worlds, writes

Philippine Tatler - - LIFE WINE -

nlike its Bordeaux neigh­bours, Pomerol does not have grand, an­cient, cas­tle-like châteaus pompously pro­duc­ing top qual­ity wines. It is home to some of the most revered vin­tages in the world aged in non­de­script es­tab­lish­ments. As the old adage says, good things do come in small pack­ages; Pomerol is not only mod­est in looks but also in size with only 800 hectares of vines un­der its wing. Nev­er­the­less, it is the haven of some of the most ex­pen­sive and sought-af­ter wines in the world like Petrus, Château Lafleur, and Le Pin be­cause of its rich ter­roir, idyl­lic cli­mate, and lim­ited pro­duc­tion.

Pomerol plateau lies to the east of Li­bourne and sep­a­rated from the river Dor­dogne to the south by an­other fa­mous wine-pro­duc­ing town, Saint-Émil­ion. Un­pre­ten­tious and sim­ply en­chant­ing for its no­table ru­ral am­bi­ence, the ter­rain is rel­a­tively flat with slight un­du­lat­ing slopes and the soil a di­verse mix­ture of gravel, sand, and clay. It has what it calls Gunz gravel ter­races—slopes of beau­ti­fully rounded gravel stones as large as ping­pong balls, which ex­tends along the Isle River to­wards Li­bourne, up to Pomerol and Figeac (Saint-Émil­ion). This unique ter­roir gives its world-fa­mous Mer­lot wines dis­tinct el­e­gant flavour of lus­cious sweet notes tem­pered with well-bal­anced min­er­al­ity.

At the heart of this fer­tile ter­race is Château Clinet. One might mis­take it for a hum­ble abode be­cause of its cream-coloured brick walls and red win­dow shut­ters, but ap­par­ently it is just

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