A suave and dashing Pomerol

2010 Fleur de Clinet, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France (£225 per case of 12 (equates to £24.78 per bottle including duty and VAT), Bordeaux Index, 020-7269 0703, www.bordeauxindex.com).

My eternal quest for serious, but affordable, red Bordeaux occupies far too much of my time and it yields far too few results. That said, when my guard is down and I least expect it, a wine comes along that impresses me so much I reach for my MoneyWeek notebook immediately.

Gareth Birchley, at Bordeaux Index, is one of the wine trade’s most charismatic young chaps and he spotted this beauty and sent it over to me. Clinet garnered one of my highest scores in the 2010 vintage and this second wine is already approachable and thrilling on the palate. It also displays some of the unmistakable majesty and grandeur of its parent wine.

Top Pomerols always strike me as being too dear and there are seemingly no exceptions to this. Super-second wines are usually lacklustre and clumsy, but Fleur de Clinet is suave and dashing. Made from 95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc, this wine is a model of Right Bank purity. For the same price you can also order a case of six magnums or 24 halves – I can feel an order coming on.

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

MoneyWeek magazine

Latest issue:

Magazine cover
Heading higher?

Or are house prices set to fall?

The UK's best-selling financial magazine. Take a FREE trial today.
Claim 4 FREE Issues

'Would you rather upset God, or have Him just ignore you?'

In the first of three interviews with Merryn Somerset Webb, Hugh Hendry, manager of the Eclectica Fund, talks about what it takes to be a good hedge fund manager – and how he learned to stop worrying and love central banks.

Which investment platform?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from. They all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.
Find out which one is best for you.

21 November 1969: The first permanent Arpanet link

A milestone in the formation of the internet, the first permanent Arpanet link was established on this day in 1969 between researchers in the United States.