An evening with Château Clinet
Ronan Laborde does not look like the typical Pomerol Château owner. In fact, Ronan does not behave like the stereo-typical Chateau owner either. As one of the youngest in the business, his approaches to wine-making at Chateau Clinet – and indeed to marketing – are very refreshing.
Unsurprisingly therefore, expectations were running high amongst our guests, long before dinner took place at the end of May. Set in the splendid surroundings of London’s Vintners Company, we welcomed Ronan & Monique from Château Clinet.
In the hope that everyone’s minds might be a little more relaxed after a few glasses of our house pop, the Domaine J Laurens Blanquette, we launched the evening’s programme. Two informal talks –the first an animated history of Clinet by Ronan, and the second, an insightful presentation from Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate, perhaps the best qualified commentator on the history of Pomerol.
Such a topic demanded appropriately fine wines, so our presentations were accompanied by the truly unsurpassed 2005, and the surprisingly approachable 2011 – a wonderfully characterful vintage despite having been bottled only a week prior to its first UK outing at our dinner.
Those of you who have been fortunate enough to dine in the Vintners’ Livery Hall would have salivated at the prospect of trout served with Bauduc 2012, followed by lamb cutlets accompanied by both Clinet 1996 and the 2001. The white chocolate tart dessert was served with what, we were sadly advised, were some of the very last bottles of the 1993. (Ronan tells us he tries to drink Red with every course!) These are now exceptionally difficult to find. The reason? Clinet sells 98% of each vintage En Primeur, so there is next to nothing left – even in the Château library stock. An excellent reason why Château Clinet is best bought En Primeur.
The 2001 was however an equal star of the evening, wowing most of our guests, but again, very little remains of this brilliant example of aged Pomerol.
Whether or not you were amongst our dinner guests, we are able to offer the following wines from the evening, in the certain knowledge that you will not be disappointed:
Château Clinet 2001 – £700/ case (12x75) IB
Château Clinet 2012 – £490/ case (12x75) EP
Ronan, by Clinet 2010 – £72/ case (12x75) IB
Bauduc 2011/ 2012 – £112/ case (12x75) DP
Domaine J Laurens, Le Moulin, Blanquette de Limoux – £90/ case (12x75) IB
In the meantime, it only remains for us to extend our gratitude to Ronan Laborde and Monique Montepini of Château Clinet, Gavin Quinney of Château Bauduc, and of course Giles Smith-Walker, The Independent Vintner for making our first dinner venture such a brilliant success!
From the unanimously positive feedback we’ve received from guests at our first dinner, I am pleased to announce that Ditton Wine Traders intend to make these events worthy, if occasional, highlights in our calendar – to which end we are already planning another spectacular event for autumn.
We’ll be announcing full details towards the end of the summer but, If you would like to express an early interest to secure your place, please do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0208 339 9112.