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Matthew Jukes’ ‘Wine of the Week’ – 2012 Ronan by Clinet


In his excellent Moneyweek Column Matthew Jukes has rated the current release of the ever-faithful Ronan by Clinet, the 2012, as his ‘Wine of the Week. Produced by the owner and producer of legendary Pomerol plateau superstar Chateau Clinet, Ronan Laborde, Ronan by Clinet is the gift that never stops giving. Year after year it delivers the most exceptional value, providing superb glugging straight from the off and over the coming five years. Even more compelling is the fact that once again, the laughably low price remains unmoved.

As Matthew states:

“Château Clinet is one of the most revered names in Pomerol and its Gérant is Ronan Laborde – a uniquely perceptive chap.  My interest was piqued immeasurably by his recently released 2012 Ronan because I think it has the edge on every wine he has previously made (you will have seen a few on this page).  It arrives in a few weeks time but you must put your hand up now.  Made from 100% Merlot, this is a lovely, open, silky-smooth claret with a touch of fresh, red fruit on the nose, a deep black cherry palate and a minty clean crunchy of tannin and acidity on the finish.  This is a long, suave wine with lip-smacking acidity and controlled alcohol.  It is also a total and utter bargain (as you know inexpensive claret is usually a horribly disappointing category) and I can see halves, bottles and magnums all giving immense pleasure.”

Matthew also highly rates the tiny production ‘second label’ of Chateau Clinet, the fantastic 2012 Fleur de Clinet Pomerol, of which we have secured the last cases available from the property:

“Also, make sure that you grab some 2012 Fleur de Clinet, the second wine of Château Clinet, while you are shopping.  It arrives in 3 weeks (£195ib per case – there are only 25 cases of this wine available) – this is a very sexy wine indeed with a voluptuous, Pinot-esque texture and stunning finish.  This is also a bargain considering the staggeringly impressive flavours on board and the fact it is so closely related to the Grand Vin.”

The message here is simple: buy, buy and buy again!

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
Red 2012 Fleur de Clinetbtls IB 23 0 $ 302 cs 90 (TA) Add
Red 2012 Ronan by Clinethlvs IB 27 12 $ 111 cs 92+ Add
Red 2012 Ronan by Clinetbtls IB 229 6 $ 111 cs 92+ Add
Red 2012 Ronan by Clinetmags IB 16 4 $ 111 cs 92+ Add

Read Matthew Jukes' full post here

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