Château La Grange Clinet 2016 Réserve (Côtes de Bordeaux)

From a biodynamic vineyard about ten miles from downtown Bordeaux, this 2016 Château La Grange Clinet Réserve (Côtes de Bordeaux) has received some marvelous reviews from tasters throughout the nation. The blend is composed of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc. Wine Enthusiast critic Roger Voss awarded it 91 points, noting, “A good proportion of the two Cabernets gives structure to contrast with the generous Merlot in this wine. A touch of mint melds with the ripe blackberry flavor to produce a well-balanced wine with great potential.” My own tastings indicate the same thing Voss’ said: This wine is not yet ready to drink. Yes: It’s okay, and even better if you let it breathe in the bottle for 24 hours, or in a decanter for 12 or so. Truth be told, however, you might want to wait at least one year and maybe two before going whole hog. The wine sells for as little as $12.99/bottle from Total Wine and others. Buy a case, uncork a bottle, wait 24 hours, and taste. Wait one year, then repeat. You should notice a major change. Wait one more year and you will be delighted. You will have the equivalent of a $40 (maybe more) Bordeaux that drinks magnificently. Wait another year… naaah. To heck with that!

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