It’s not hard to see why the quality in Bordeaux has risen exponentially in the past decade and a half. Finally, all of these great Chateaux at once realized the value in making more than their flagship bottling – and started devoting a heap of money and resources to build up their ‘super seconds’ program.
Some of the wineries saw the vision first and have become staples in terms of looking for the very best value wines. Today’s Chateau was on the forefront of that change.
In 2009, Chateau Clinet decided to pour all their money into a brand new state of the art wine facility in the heart of Pomerol. That thing is like a straight up science fiction museum.
They decided they’d add another wine to their fleet, ‘an everyday drinking’ Bordeaux that they called Ronan. Utilizing the entire team and some of their younger fruit, they were one of the first to tap into the Bordeaux with immediate drinkability. Now 15 vintages later, Ronan is one of the very best bargains each year in the Right Bank.
93 Points, Decanter
Expressive nose full of ripe red fruits and floral scents. The smooth, sappy red berry fruit is smooth and detailed, succulent, with tannins that are massy and chewy though also have a slightly chalky edge giving more texture and flavor detail. A Merlot dominant blend made by the same team as Chateau Clinet in Pomerol with a collection of growers across Bordeaux. Perfect for drinking, though with life in it yet.
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The Merlot-dominated 2016 By Clinet (there’s 5% Cabernet Franc) is a charming, already delicious effort that gives up elegant notes of chocolate-laced plums and dark fruits, notes of leafy herbs and truffle, medium to full body, and a layered, charming mouthfeel. It’s a terrific Bordeaux to drink over the coming 7-8 years or so.