Ronan by Clinet Bordeaux 2016 / 750 ml.

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JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 2/28/2019
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. (Jeb Dunnuck)
SP8686 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jan 10, 2019
Light black cherry and plum pit notes are infused with a hint of tobacco. Merlot. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 10,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)

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Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: 100% Merlot

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Food Pairings: Pasta with red sauce

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Ronan by Clinet

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JD91 91 pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (2/28/2019)

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. (Jeb Dunnuck)

SP86 86 pts. / Wine Spectator (Jan 10, 2019)

Light black cherry and plum pit notes are infused with a hint of tobacco. Merlot. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 10,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)

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Appellation / Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is known the world over for its exceptional wines, particularly red blends made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, among others. These Cabernets aren't typically the full-bodied Cabs you get from California, but rather medium-bodied wines that emanate elegance and sophistication.

You'll also find some refreshing Bordeaux whites and, of course, Bordeaux's famous dessert wine, Sauternes.

Region / Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is known the world over for its exceptional wines, particularly red blends made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, among others. These Cabernets aren't typically the full-bodied Cabs you get from California, but rather medium-bodied wines that emanate elegance and sophistication.

You'll also find some refreshing Bordeaux whites and, of course, Bordeaux's famous dessert wine, Sauternes.

Country / France

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The French did not invent winemaking. They simply perfected it. For centuries, France has been producing wines that inspire poetry, awe, and wonder; wines that blur the lines between nature, craftsmanship, cuisine and art. These are the wines that inspired cultures around the globe to follow in France’s footsteps, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Semillon and more.

Yet as often as they are emulated, the magic of their terroirs can never be duplicated. You may taste Cabernet from around the world, but perhaps none as elegant and regal as Bordeaux. You may try Pinot Noir or Chardonnay from various climates, but none with the earth-bound soul and ethereal reach of Burgundy.

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SKU 98570
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Ronan by Clinet Bordeaux
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Product Location - Location-Appellation Bordeaux
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Ronan by Clinet
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2016
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Merlot
Primary Grape Merlot
Food Pairing Pasta with red sauce
Occasion Pairing Relaxing evening
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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