The lieu-dit of Clinet has given its name to a number of famous Pomerol estates, with Château L’Église-Clinet and of course Château Clinet itself being the most widely known. Château L’Église-Clinet is situated close to the Route de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, adjacent to the graveyard and within sight – as the name suggests – of Pomerol’s towering church. Just around the corner lies the aforementioned Château Clinet, with its gleaming white stone and bright red shutters. Although compact, its winery buildings gathered tightly around it (there is no room for sprawling facilities on this tiny clay and gravel plateau, where every half-hectare counts), its roadside position still gives it a commanding presence.
Continue past Château Clinet, down the Chemin de Feytit (something of a clue as to where we are heading) and you soon encounter another two buildings, one either side of the road. On the right, meanwhile, is Château Latour à Pomerol, with its distinctive rectangular tower, the top of which is dressed with a stone railing and, instead of balustrades, an unusual honeycomb of terracotta stone. It is an impressive sight, for Pomerol anyway. On the left is what appears to be a rather anonymous building, all wall and very little in the way of window; it backs onto the road, as if it wished to shun the vineyards around it. The front of the house, however, although largely obscured by trees and therefore difficult to photograph (as pictured below) looks out onto an broad expanse of the Pomerol slope. This is, as it turns out, Château Feytit-Clinet.
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