Chateau Clarke, Listrac Medoc AC

£33.50 / bottle

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Chateau Clarke is a Bordeaux red wine made in the Listrac Medoc wine-growing appellation of Bordeaux by Baron Edmond de Rothschild. 

Baron Edmond de Rothschild bought both Chateau Clarke and Chateau Malmaison in 1973 and founded the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild. The Baron is the great-grandson of James de Rothschild who had purchased Chateau Lafite in 1868. Today, as well as Chateau Clarke, Baron Edmond de Rothschild owns, or co-owns, Chateau des Laurets (Pesseguin St Emilion), Flechas de Los Andes (Argentina), Rimapere (New Zealand), Macan (Rioja, Spain) and Rupert and Rothschild (South Africa).

The estate comprises some 55 hectares. It was purchased by an Irishman, Tobie Clarke, in the 18th Century and the wines produced here would go on to become quite famous during the 20th century; however, the Chateau was largely forgotten when Edmond de Rothschild purchased it in 1973. He immediately set about uprooting the old vines and replanting, an expensive and time-consuming process not completed until 1979. Benjamin de Rothschild took over the reins of the Chateau from his father in 1999 and set about updating the winery as well as enlisting Michel Rolland as consultant oenologist with the aim of making it an icon of the Listrac Medoc appellation.

Chateau Clarke is the estate’s top red wine. The vineyards now have a vine age of over 30 years old and are situated on clay-limestone soils. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Merlot (42%), Cabernet Franc (8%), and Petit Verdot (2%). The grapes are manually harvested from low-yielding plots, sorted at the winery and and channelled into the tanks by gravity. The wine undergoes a period of cold maceration followed by fermentation in oak and stainless steel. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels (2/3 new, 1/3 second fill) where it is matured for 16 months.

The final blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Production is around 200,000 bottles.

Tasting Notes

Chateau Clarke is a Merlot-led with an intense and complex nose dominated by aromas of fresh fruit (blackcurrant, black cherry) mixed with fine woody notes. There are also slight minty and liquorice notes. The palate is full and round with a with a dense and velvety tannic structure, accompanied by a balanced natural acidity, which gives this wine a beautiful freshness.

Food Pairing

Try with roasted and grilled red meats, particularly lamb, and truffled cheeses.

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