In a nutshell: A rich and highly rewarding Pomerol from this lesser known but highly impressive estate.
The lowdown: Although Feytit-Clinet has been around in some form since the nineteenth century it really is since Jeremy Chasseuil took charge from 2000 and the dramatic changes in viticulture and winemaking that have resulted that we see the very impressive wines that we get today. Everything is hand harvested, yields are kept really low, grapes are twice sorted on table prior to fermentation and then aged in oak for at least 16 months before bottling, with only around 1200 cases being made. This attention to detail really pays off and the 2012 is stunning, with wine critic Robert Paker rating it above their 2008, '09 and '10. Expressive aromas of dark fruits, cassis, violets, mocha and spice notes. The palate is medium-full bodied, rich and silky smooth, supple tannins and just very well balanced.
94/100 - Tim Atkin MW, 93+/100 - Robert Parker
When to drink: Drinking well now but will keep for another 10 years.
Feytit-Clinet is a small Pomerol property of just 6.5 hectares close to Château Clinet and Clos l'Eglise. The turn of the millenium was a major event in their history as it marked the return of control to the Chasseuil family from their tenants. And since then, with Jeremy Chasseuil in charge, things have changed very much for the better. Yields have been restricted through practices such as green harvesting and together with judicious use of new oak and careful control of extraction at their small, but well equipped cellars has meant that their wines are now taken very seriously. On average only around 1,500 cases of the Grand Vin (they have a second wine called les Colombiers de Feytit-Clinet) are produced which puts them squarely towards the 'boutiquey' end of the scale.