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Put your hand up now for this bargain claret

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

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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.

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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.

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).

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