2014 Château Clinet (Pomerol)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
JJB: $61.94 (Online Avg. $70)
Few producers combine quality and value quite like Clinet. Wine Spectator calls Clinet “not only one of the elite small-production wines of the appellation, but a solid value bottling as well.” In a region where three- and four-figure price tags are common, this is a rather remarkable position to hold.
We’ve got a limited quantity of the double 94-point 2014 Clinet , and if top Pomerol is your thing, you’re going to want a piece of it.
The Clinet vineyard lies at the very heart of the Pomerol plateau, surrounded by some of the finest wine estates in the world. Throw a piece of gravel (or a chunk of blue clay) in any direction and you’ll hit something good, whether it’s Le Gay, L’Eglise Clinet or even Petrus itself.
Fine wine has been made at Clinet since at least 1785, but the real success story is decidedly more modern. Under the leadership of the youthful Ronan Laborde, Clinet has become synonymous with progressive thinking, sustainable viticulture and, notably, excellent wines. Robert Parker awarded Laborde’s 2009 vintage a perfect 100 points, the estate’s second such score in just 20 years. Where others would use this momentum and acclaim to push up pricing, Clinet maintains a very healthy quality/price ratio.
The 2014 Clinet is a shrewd addition to any cellar, as it's rare in Pomerol to carry a high level of prestige with an accessible price tag. And, the only vintage of Clinet currently on the market for under $60 is the 2013, which the 2014 easily surpasses in quality. As Galloni notes, "the finest 2014s are utterly magnificent and well worth seeking out" and we definitely put Clinet on that list. Cheers!