Set on the right bank of the Garonne River, the climate is warm and the soil cool with natural drainage. Pomerol is best known for its full-bodied yet refined, elegant and approachable red wines, which are grown from Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) grape varieties.
With an area of just over 800 hectares, Pomerol is the smallest of the great Bordelais wine producing regions. It is also the only one of the renowned regional appellations, which does not have any wine classification.
Besides Château CLINET, this appellation is also home to some of the most iconic wines in the world: Petrus, Le Pin, Lafleur and Vieux Château Certan to name but a few.
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‘GUNZ GRAVEL’ TERRACE
Château CLINET’s terroir sits on the famous ‘Gunz gravel’ terrace, which extends along the Isle river towards Libourne, up to Pomerol and Figeac (Saint-Emilion).
During the last ice age, various gravel types were washed down from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. The Pyrenees gravel came first, their cailloux (stones) the size of chickpeas. But the Garonnais or Gunz gravel came second. These are the beautifully rounded ping-pong ball-sized stones present in Château CLINET vineyards.
The soil here is made up of a clay base surrounded by a thick gravel layer. The stones of this well-drained soil store heat during the daytime and release it during cooler periods, ensuring a perfect grape ripening.