The section of 50-year-old Merlot vines, owned by Château CLINET, is located at the centre of Pomerol’s famous ‘Gunz gravel’ and clay terrace where many of the appellation’s most reputable properties are located. Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s most renowned appellations, making access to this fruit scarce and uncommon.
The partnership with Château CLINET helps VINIV move closer to its goal of providing its members with vineyard and varietal options from all of Bordeaux’s best appellations for their premium blends. Château CLINET’s Merlot vineyard is the 14th single-varietal parcel available to VINIV winemakers.
“We love VINIV’s innovative approach of putting sophisticated consumers at the centre of the winemaking experience”, says Ronan Laborde, CEO of Groupe CLINET. “Providing a discreet amount of our best vines in Pomerol is an excellent way for Château CLINET to demonstrate what makes our terroir, landscape and winemaking practices so unique.”
This announcement follows the recent additions of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards located at Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, Château Giscours and Château de Tertre in Margaux. VINIV’s other vineyards are ideally situated in Saint-Émilion, Saint-Estèphe, Graves and Canon-Fronsac. Earlier last year, VINIV also announced the exclusive appointment of Berry Bros. & Rudd as VINIV’s official agent in the UK and Hong Kong.
According to Eric Boissenot, VINIV’s consulting oenologist and advisor to many of Bordeaux’s most prestigious classifies growths, “Merlot from this sector of Pomerol produces velvety, dense and complex wines. It offers VINIV clients a beautiful complement or alternative to the tense and equally-sophisticated wines from the limestone soils of neighbouring Saint-Émilion.”
Stephen Bolder, Founder and CEO of VINIV, adds: “Just the mention of Pomerol evokes scarcity and the best of Bordeaux wines. Working with Château CLINET is a privilege and the perfect response to our most frequent client request of recent years. Can I get access to Merlot from Pomerol for my blend?”