Chateau Clarke Baron de Rothschild 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Würzig, schwarze Beeren, Eichenholz, gehaltvoll

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Baron Edmond de Rothschild:
The origins of the Château Clarke estate date back to the 12th century when the Cistercian monks of the Vertheuil Abbey planted the first vines. Much more recently, the knight Tobie Clarke purchased the land that would permanently bear his name in 1818. Then, after being repeatedly handed down and finally sold, the property was bought in 1973 by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild. It was at this ti... Read more
The origins of the Château Clarke estate date back to the 12th century when the Cistercian monks of the Vertheuil Abbey planted the first vines. Much more recently, the knight Tobie Clarke purchased the land that would permanently bear his name in 1818. Then, after being repeatedly handed down and finally sold, the property was bought in 1973 by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild. It was at this time that the neglected vineyard was re-planned, and then completely recreated between 1974 and 1978, to attain a final wine-producing area of 54 hectares. Today, the vines are planted on clay-limestone hilltops that enable the Merlot grape to express itself at its best. And ever since the first vintage year at Château Clarke, bottled in 1978, the quality of the wines has never ceased to improve. The ancient buildings have been restored, and the techniques and equipment used in the winemaking process have been brought up to date. Particular attention is paid to the methods of cultivation and wine production, which are subject to the most stringent controls. Since September 2001, the handpicked and carefully transported harvest has been received in a superb wooden vat; the grapes have been meticulously sorted in the wine store and then vatted through simple gravity. The wine is then placed in new barrels, where it is left to mature for between 14 and 18 months. Thus, the wine from Château Clarke is a true reflection of the land that made it: concentrated and distinguished. It allies power with aromatic complexity, and has great potential for ageing. Since 1997, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has followed in the tradition of his father, transmitting his own passion for excellence to his dynamic workforce. Read less

External Reviews for Chateau Clarke Baron de Rothschild

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

[Barrel tasting] Sweet tobacco and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body, with a dense palate of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Concentrated for the appellation. Well done.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Ruby-red with purple highlights. Sexy nose offers plum, cassis, vanilla and sweet spices. Enters fruity and rich, showing ripe flavors similar to the aromas and finishing with rather soft tannins. Not especially long, and in need of a bit more finesse (the otherwise pleasant finish picks up a touch of astringency with air), but I like this winersquo;s tasty fruit and vinosity.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Barrel sample. Firmly tannic and rather jammy at the same time, a wine that shows a rustic edge, but does retain the juiciness of the year.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Ruby-red with purple highlights. Sexy nose offers plum, cassis, vanilla and sweet spices. Enters fruity and rich, showing ripe flavors similar to the aromas and finishing with rather soft tannins. Not especially long, and in need of a bit more finesse (the otherwise pleasant finish picks up a touch of astringency with air), but I like this wineandrsquo;s tasty fruit and vinosity.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/27/2011

Sweet tobacco and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body, with a dense palate of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Concentrated for the appellation. Well done. Score range: 90-93 -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Chateau Clarke Baron de Rothschild 750ml


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
06/16/2012

Würzig, schwarze Beeren, Eichenholz, gehaltvoll


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

One of the better Clarkes ever made, this wine from the cool, backwater appellation of Listrac displays serious density, an opaque ruby/purple color, and lots of earth, black currants and raspberries. Drink it over the next 10andndash;12 years.


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