Mission Codename CellarStocker#6
Black Friday continues… with, what else, but Bordeaux!
Not just any Bordeaux, but a knee-weakening, earth-shattering Pomerol steal of a deal by none other than the darling Château Clinet!
Mind you, this is NOT the flagship $100-200+ a bottle main wine with the cult following, “by Clinet” is an even rarer bird, bottled in the tiniest of quantities as a secret project, when a vintage brings abundance, sacrificing younger vines to concentrate the main wine a bit more. Lucky us, for bringing this to you for A SONG. You’d be hard-pressed to find this much Pomerol bang for the buck.
Its obscurity comes with a small price, not the modest $34, but having no reviews and ratings, except for our blown little minds with a ton of “oh mys” declared in unison when our panel cracked it open.
We do have a 99-point rating on the 2015 Clinet by James Suckling to yardstick this with, where he praises “an immaculate wine with pristine blackberries and dark plums as well as fresh, earthy nuances and dark crushed violets” which so far are all in here too!
Suckling continues to characterize “an impressively powerful wine that still exudes Pomerol’s suave, seductive charm” so we have to stop there and remind ourselves that this is not the same juice, but a slightly quieter, restrained version, cut of the very same silky, satiny, velvety clothes that make this region so unique, and its reds so clamored over.
For 30 something bucks? This is boutique Bordeaux, Right Bank decadence at its best. What Robert Parker meant by “Clinet has been on a hot streak lately” can clearly be witnessed on a smaller scale here.
Sip for yourselves what the hype is all about at a mere fraction of Pomerol’s high ticket legendary names capped by neighboring Petrus, whose 2015 goes for 100 times more a bottle, no joke.
While it lasts…
What the Winery Says
2015 'By Clinet' Pomerol AOC
- Ronan Laborde & Monique Bailly
- 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
- Pomerol AOC, Libourne
- Sandy-clay soil over limestone
- 12 months
- 5% new French oak