Put your hand up now for this bargain claret

A claret from one of the most revered names in Pomerol at a bargain price.


2012 Ronan by Clinet, Bordeaux,France (halves, bottles and magnumsare all equivalent to £72 per 12 x 75in bond or £115.92 inc. duty andVAT, so £9.66 per bottle, £19.32per magnum and £4.83 per halfplus delivery charge. Contactbordeauxindex.com, 020-72690700).

The Bordeaux En Primeurtasting week is occasionally broken up by grants(my favourite French word, meaning an overlord of acompany!) showing me wines that are drinking andalready available in the market. Chteau Clinet is oneof the most revered names in Pomerol and its grant isRonan Laborde.

My interest was piqued immeasurablyby his recently released 2012 Ronan, because I think ithas the edge on every wine he has previously made. Itarrives in a few weeks time, but you must put your handup now. Made from 100% merlot, this is a lovely, open,silky-smooth claret with a touch of fresh, red fruit onthe nose, a deep black-cherry palate and a minty cleancrunchy of tannin and acidity on the finish.

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This is a long, suave wine with lip-smacking acidityand controlled alcohol. It is also a total and utterbargain. You might also like to trade up to 2012 Fleurde Clinet, the second wine of Chteau Clinet, whicharrives soon (£195 in bond).

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the InternationalWine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com).

Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.  

Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.

He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.

Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’.  He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. 

Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy.  His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.