91 Insider Points
We're back with the 2014 vintage of the wine that's been praised as 'surprisingly good for a $10 bottle of Bordeaux!', and it’s delicious. A whiff of graphite and some rich, black cherry fruit and pepper showing in the nose. Very supple and nicely fruit-driven in the mouth. The wine is balanced and round, extremely drinkable. A heck of a buy at $9.99, and it really tastes like Bordeaux! Enjoy now through 2022. - DZ Apr 2016
When this Member favorite Direct Import arrives at our warehouse every year, things get crazy. It’s no surprise, considering the level of quality and authenticity in this precise and elegant red Bordeaux, sold for a price that is unmatched in the category. Let’s just hope the owners of Château Clou du Pin don’t let all our success with their wine go to their heads (or their pricing strategy!).
Unlike the more generic Bordeaux AOC, Bordeaux Supérieur carries more stringent controls for quality and aging, and in general signifies a wine culled from better vines and older vines. Bordeaux Supérieur must be aged for 12 months minimum and is released ready to drink—though wines like this one remain lovely for a further six to seven years post vintage, too. Today, this newly arrived wine—a classic Bordeaux cepage of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cab Sauv shows the success of the 2014 vintage with aromatics of black currant pastry filling, graphite, herbs and minerals while the palate brings in blackberry fruit and wonderful grip on the backend. From weekday dinners of your go-to, easy breezy takeout to elegant dinner parties featuring your best cuts of steak or lamb, this no-brainer satisfies.
Reasons why we love it:
Previous vintages of Château Clou du Pin have been record-breaking sellouts, with invino Members grabbing up caseloads faster than we could tape up the wine shippers! It’s said that ten bottles of Bordeaux wine are opened every second across the world. Thanks to this Exclusive Import, that figure could well be eleven!
This château has been quietly releasing vintage after vintage of value-priced Bordeaux wine since its founding in 1950. Today the holdings include 300 hectares of prime land just 15km from the famed vineyards of St. Émilion (home to such luminaries as Angelus, Ausone and Cheval Blanc, among many others). Like St. Émilion, this is the kind of terroir in which Merlot truly shines. The clay and chalk- rich soils of the zone translate to wines of silky softness but also power and incredible complexity.
The AOC of Bordeaux Supérieur is just beginning to get the attention it deserves from the international wine press. Robert Parker has noted that as the Classed Growths continue their stratospheric rise in price, there are many great values among the lesser known wines outside of the Grand Crus. From a recent article in Forbes: “As a Bordeaux Supérieur AOC, the wine must be aged a minimum of 12 months prior to release. These wines are produced from select vineyards and from older vines, which translates into a bit more complexity in the glass and better aging potential.”
The nose shows a whiff of graphite and some rich black cherry fruit. Very supple and nicely fruit-driven in the mouth. The wine is balanced and round, extremely drinkable.
AOC wines are under strict controls in the vineyard, cellar and geographic delimitations. An appellation d’origine contrôlée wine is also blind tasted by wine professionals to judge its “typicity,” taking into consideration the varietals, soil, climate and vintage before it can get the coveted AOC label.
Our Tasting Panel recommends pairing this Bordeaux red with everything from simply prepared steaks on the grill to a rotisserie chicken brought straight from the grocery.