1998 Château Clinet (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

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Bordeaux, France, Libournais, Merlot, Pomerol, Red Wine

An incredibly pleasant wine at this point. No hard edges, utterly round and smooth. All elegance and finesse. Dark cherry and black plum fruit with a hint of chocolate, leather and a nice dose of earthiness. Wonderful acidity and a terrific wine to drink with hard cheeses (such as Cantalet / aged English Cheddar). Strong finish. As far as ageability goes, I am not sure this needs much more time, if any. It is drinking squarely in its window for me right now and although the wine has terrific balance, I am not sure the fruit in it is allowing it to be a 30 year wine. I would drink this between now and 2018. Tonight, it also lacked the Wow-factor a bottle of 1999 Beaucastel and 2000 Pegau delivered.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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