2016 Ronan by Clinet

 
$2,000 a bottle; $3,000 a bottle. Prices like that are not that common for a great bottle of Bordeaux, but they’re not unusual. Common: A bottle like the 2016 La Tour Figeac, rated 91 points by a top reviewer and available for $50 a bottle. Spend a bit more – in the $110-per-bottle range – and you can get a fabulous 97-point Chateau Clinet. As it so happens, however, Clinet makes a second bottling designed for people like me who like great Bordeaux wines but not the price tag. The wine is called Ronan by Clinet and internationally recognized wine guru Jeb Dunnuck had this to say about it: “The Merlot-dominated 2016 By Clinet (there's 5% Cabernet Franc) is a charming, already delicious effort that gives up elegant notes of chocolate-laced plums and dark fruits, notes of leafy herbs and truffle, medium to full body, and a layered, charming mouthfeel. It's a terrific Bordeaux to drink over the coming 7-8 years or so." The price? Back up the truck: As little as $10.98 per bottle. (Try https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/ronan+by+clinet+bordeaux+france/2016 for other prices.)

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