Monday, September 26, 2022
LeDomduVin: A muse, a boat and a Pomerol
This weekend, I was working for a lunch that occurred on a private yacht, where I served a bottle of Château Clinet 2010, a Pomerol that I like a lot, and, even better, in a good vintage.
I opened the bottle near a sculpture of a muse standing up on a boat, with open arms, as if she was ready to jump into the water.
Not sure why, but I love this little sculpture, simple, elegant, refined, energetic, and attractive at the same time.
There is an unexplainable sense of determination in that statue, she is concentrated, she is focused, she is ready, she is about to... which gives her a "je-ne-sais-quoi" of character that is very alluring (to me). Love it.
She is in motion without moving!
Château Clinet somehow found its place in the boat of the muse, and I couldn't help but take a few pictures while opening and decanting the bottle.
Outside temperatures being so hot, I had to put the decanter in a bowl with some ice to cool it down a bit and prevent the wine from being too warm.
Average Market Price HKD 1,200 (Euro 158 / USD 153)
Beyond its dark and deep color, the wine offers intense aromas of ripe dark et red fruits and berries mingling with earthy and woody nuances, as well as notes of dirt and scorched earth, reflecting the heat of this solar vintage. The palate is medium to full-bodied, ripe, rich, and layered with the same flavors, notes, and nuances as the nose. And, despite some slight edges due to the acidity being a tad low, some firm tannins, and noticeable alcohol in the back end, overall, this wine still remains fairly harmonious and balanced, expanding nicely through the palate, with dark fruits and earthy tannins adding texture and a good grip all the way to the lingering finish.
Fortunately, the ice gave a needed refreshing touch to this wine powerhouse, which ended up showing wonderfully after about 2 hours of decanting. Yet, its youthful character could use some taming, as some edges deserve to round up a little to be a little more integrated. To revisit absolutely in the course of the next 5 to 10 years. Highly recommended. Great wine! Yet somewhat too young, but a lot of potential!
Well done to the pair behind the label, Roan Laborde and his wife, Monique Bailly, and their team of course. Bravo!
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