Pomerol - Chateau Clinet
Château Clinet is located on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux wine region, in the commune of Pomerol in the department Gironde.
When Jean-Louis Laborde bought Château Clinet back in 1999, his son Ronan was just 19 years old. Before that, they had travelled together to Argentina, looking at potential vineyards to purchase but destiny brought them back to Bordeaux, when the perfect property presented itself for sale. As soon as Ronan finished his studies, now aged 23, he became highly involved in the day-to-day management of Clinet, to the point that his father was soon able to comfortably take a step back and return to his former businesses.
The 11.27 hectare vineyard of Chateau Clinet is planted to 88% merlot, 11.5% cabernet sauvignon and .5% cabernet franc. The vineyard has 10 hectares cultivated with vines planted to a vine density ranging from 6,777 vine per hectare to 7,200 vines per hectare. The young are at the higher level of density. On average, many of their vines are close to 45 years of age. However Chateau Clinet also has some of the oldest vines in Pomerol.
The annual production averages 2,000 cases of the grand vin Château Clinet. The wine of Chateau Clinet is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 22 months. 5% of the oak barrels are from an even split of German oak and Austrian oak. The barrels at Clinet are hosed down twice a day, to keep the barrels tight, and the cellars humid. The wine is blended after the oak aging is completed.
Also, the estate produces a negociant wine named Ronan by Clinet. Ronan by Clinet is produced from purchased grapes that are planted in various satellite appellations in Bordeaux. It's is made from 100% merlot.