The 2022 Feytit-Clinet, Pomerol's 'dark horse', is very perfumed on the nose with crushed violets and black plummy scents. Again, there's impressive delineation and, considering the season, delicacy.
The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins and good depth. Cedar and graphite notes appear toward the finish. Fine length, this is Feytit back in form after the 2021.
Drink 2027 - 2040
Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2023)
Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2022 Feytit-Clinet stormed out with powerful scents of plum preserves, baked black cherries, boysenberries, and wafts of underbrush and dried Provence herbs.
Full-bodied, concentrated, and with a solid backbone of firm, rounded tannins, it delivers just enough freshness to lift the dense black fruits on the long finish.
Drink 2027 - 2047
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2023)
Excellent appellation signature, great balance, and real depth of flavour, and while there are a ton of tannins here, they are smooth, integrated, and concentrated, but this is a serious wine with serious ageing potential. It's absolutely one to look out for; damson and black cherry fruit abound, with cocoa bean and incense notes, a buy. 70% new oak.
Drink 2027 - 2044
Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (May 2023)
A firm and juicy red with lots of berries, chocolate, salt and lightly toasted wood. Some smoke. Soft tannins. Flavorful finish.
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2023)
Smooth and seductive with ripe red berry fruit, floral touches, liquorice, and cola-edged tannins. It feels well worked, not too over-extracted with detail and has a gentle ease. It may lack a touch of vibrancy but good power and concentration.
Drink 2029 - 2050
Georgina Hindle, Decanter.com (May 2023)
I continue to absolutely love the wines from Jeremy Chasseuil’s tiny estate located in the heart of Pomerol. His 2022 Château Feytit-Clinet checks in as 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, pulled from 60% of the production, and it sports a dense purple hue to go with a decadent, powerful, full-bodied style in its darker currants, tobacco, chocolate, and graphite-driven aromas and flavours.
The tannins are substantial yet ripe and integrated, and it has a great mid-palate and outstanding length.
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2023)
About this WINE
Situated on the western part of the plateau in the Pomerol wine appellation in Bordeaux, Château Feytit-Clinet belonged to the stable of Moueix family wines until 1999.
Jeremy Chasseuil arrived at Château Feytit-Clinet in time for the stunning 2000 vintage. Previously a wine-maker at Château La Dominique, his efforts since have resulted in some very impressive wines.
Soils here are rich in clay which favours the Merlot grape rather than the Cabernets, and Jeremy has exploited them perfectly to produce succulent wines, never over-extracted, and full of charm and distinction.
Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.
Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.
There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.
In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and Australia.