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Clinet 2020 En Primeur: “vivid Pomerol”

  • “Really wants to make an impression,” says Neal Martin.
  • The wine has been released internationally at £798 (12×75).
  • The similarly scored 2018, 2012, 2011 and 2008 vintages are available for less.

The 2020 Château Clinet has been released for €66 per bottle ex-négociant, up 26.9% on the 2019 release.

The wine is being offered by the international trade for £798 per 12×75, 10.1% less than the current Market Price of the 2019.

At 15% ABV, this is the highest alcohol content for Clinet. Along with the wine, the château has released a film presenting its 2020 vintage.

Critical opinion

The 2020 Clinet received 94-96 points from Neal Martin (Vinous). “Lavish and satiny in texture,” Martin added it was “bold and extravagant”. If it found “more terroir expression during its élevage”, Martin claimed it could “land at the top of [his] banded score”.

For Antonio Galloni (93-95), this is a “gorgeous, vivid Pomerol”. “There is plenty to look forward to,” he said.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate) awarded a barrel range of 96-98 points. Jeb Dunnuck also gave it 96-98+, calling it “gorgeous”.

For Jane Anson (Decanter), this is “a big seductive wine”. She rated it 95-points.

Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider) gave it 97-99 and said that this “volumptuous stunner” is “the best Clinet since 2010”.

Fair Value

Last year’s release, which boasts the highest Benchmark Critic score of 98-points, has risen since release and is currently available in the market for 11.3% more than the 2020.

Vintages that boast the same score as the 2020 but cost less include 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2018. The 2011 offers the best value of the lot, with 95-points from Robert Parker and at £680 per 12×75.


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