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June 13, 2017

Chateau Clinet 2016

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Chateau Clinet has released at £864 per case of 12, a 20% euro increase on last year, translating as a 38% sterling increase. However, with a stunning score of 96-98 points and therefore one of the Right Bank wines of the vintage, Clinet 2016 stands up to its price increase. The 95-97 point scoring 2015 has increased 44% in value since its release and now trades at £900. The 96+ point scoring 2010 trades at a 22% premium, the 96 point scoring 2005 a 27% increase. Martin pronounces ‘Yes, this is a magnificent Clinet, cool and mineral-soaked, both cerebral and lip-smackingly delicious.’ This is a truly exceptional Clinet which leaves collectors with plenty of upside price potential, it is also one of the finest Clinets ever and well priced for Pomerol of this stellar quality in a truly great vintage.

Clinet WA JS Price Release POP
2016 96-98 94-95 £864 £864 51
2015 95-97 99-100 £900 £624 56
2014 91 94 £505 £430 46
2013 91 91 £450 £420 41
2012 95 93 £600 £500 40
2011 95 92 £580 £545 39
2010 96+ 97 £1,050 £995 64
2009 100 96 £2,200 £1,600 110
2008 94+ 90 £680 £399 47
2007 91 N/A £695 £350 63
2006 91 N/A £635 £380 58
2005 96 N/A £1,100 £550 69

The 2016 release of Clinet shows an attractive discount to the projected release price for a vintage with a median score of 97. A comparison of the current market price and scores from The Wine Advocate of the past 11 vintages would indicate the 2016 releases natural price be around £1,250 (point B on the graph). Therefore, today’s release price of £864 (point A on the graph) presents an opportunity with the potential for near term appreciation. As the price of the 2016 adjusts to its natural point, an upward shift from point A to B can be expected, with the entire distance between the two points equating to potential profit (approximately £390). Should the 2016 achieve 98 points upon rescore, the upper end of its banded score, this adjustment will increase further. The release price will remain unchanged, causing a parallel shift from point A to D, whereas the projected value will move upward, along the trendline, from point B to C. The distance between points D and C, approximately £520, therefore becomes potential returns. We view Clinet as a strong buy!

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Clinet is now simply one of the best estates in Bordeaux. It is a small property with only 11.27 hectares located on the highest point of the Pomerol plateau, close to L’Eglise Clinet and Trotanoy. The property’s 45 year old vines rest in soils that are a wonderful balance of gravel, clay and rich sand, planted with 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Clinet only produces 3,200 cases a year and the wine is incredibly rich, exquisitely balanced, with a powerful but delicate texture and a finish that goes on for minutes at a time.

Chateau Clinet 2016, 6×75 – £432 EP

96-98 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that was picked from 22 September for the young vines, the older vines picked 1 and 2 October, finishing with the Cabernet Sauvignon the following day. It was cropped at 49 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 70% new oak and the remainder in second-fill barrels. It has 14.15% alcohol and a record-breaking 94 IPT. It has a very linear bouquet, quite strict and intense with a light iodine and marine scent merging with the black fruit. This is a more “aristocratic” nose for Clinet, sophisticated and one of the most nuanced I have encountered. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin that forms the foundation of a more masculine Clinet, complex and focused with a subtle spiciness coming through on the finish, which fans out with confidence and leaves a disarming, saline tang in the mouth. Yes, this is a magnificent Clinet, cool and mineral-soaked, both cerebral and lip-smackingly delicious.

94-95 Points, James Suckling
The linear character to this is so impressive with beautiful blackberries and blueberries. Crushed stones and minerals. Medium to full body. Very pretty.

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